Mr. Seward to Mr. Adams.

No. 1905.]

Sir: I enclose a copy of a communication of the 8th of December, addressed to the President by Kathleen M. Meany, in behalf of her father, who appears [Page 45] to have been arrested in Liverpool, probably on the ground of alleged complicity in recent political disturbances in Great Britain. I will thank you to take such steps in the matter as in your judgment may seem proper.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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


Sir: Poor papa came to England to see his family, and the British authorities have put him in prison, and the British press accuse him of many things of which he is innocent. Some time ago they accused him of having deserted his family. Papa never deserted his family; he would not desert any one. He has always been most kind and loving to us all. He has no worldly sense, but his heart is so merciful and forgiving that he would give his last cent, did they need it, to the worst of his unprovoked enemies. Mamma is ill from grief. Wishing to remove all this misery, I write to ask you in the name of our dear heavenly Father to ask the British authorities to release poor papa.

Begging that you will kindly excuse this liberty, I remain, sir, with the most profound respect, yours, &c,


President Johnson.