Mr. Seward to Mr. Adams.

No. 1889.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of the 1st instant, No. 1282.

Some matters connected with the suit against Prioleau & Co. are Under consideration, which render it inconvenient to send further instructions by this mail in respect to the return of Mr. Morse.

The view you have taken of the instructions to Mr. Morse, which he exhibited as authority in the settlement of the Prioleau cotton suits, was entirely correct. They had no reference to any suit then pending, and this fact would have been more clearly apparent by a perusal of the letter of Mr. Morse, referred to in the instructions, in which he sought the authority which was given to him.

The answer to the cross-bill in the cotton suit is in preparation, but it is found impossible to complete it for this mail. We expect to send it by the steamer of next Wednesday.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Charles Francis Adams, Esq., &c., &c., &c.