Sir F. Bruce to Mr. Seward

My Dear Sir: In reply to your letter of yesterday’s date, asking for information about the prisoners Whose execution was fixed for the 13th December, 1 may state that Lord Monck informs me that he expects to receive, before that time, the orders of her Majesty’s government as to the commutation of the sentences; that he would prefer leaving the matter as it stands till he can dispose of it finally, but that if the orders are not received, he will respite those who are condemned and whose application for new trials have been refused.

I remain, my dear sir, yours, very faithfully,


Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.