Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.

No. 1307]

Sir: In accordance with the suggestions made in your despatch No. 1903, of the 4th instant, and under the authority given by the letter of the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, which accompanied it, I have named Mr. Dudley as the person to take charge of the unfinished business pertaining to the authorization of Mr. Morse, which has been now revoked.

There are some reasons which would have weighed on my mind against this selection had I been able, among the few American residents in this kingdom, to think of a person thoroughly suited for the duty. These have no reference, however, either to the competency or the fidelity of the nominee. They are rather connected with the personal relations of the various parties concerned who have been brought, heretofore, more or less either into rivalry or conflict with each other during and since the war. Whatever difficulties might be apprehended from this cause, will, I think, be removed by the presence of the agent specially appointed to superintend this business when he shall appear.

I shall not communicate this proceeding to Mr. Dudley, presuming that the appointment will be made directly from the Treasury Department.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William. H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.