Mr. Seward to Mr. de Stoeckl

Sir: With reference to the proposed convention between our respective governments for a cession by Russia of her American territory to the United States, I have the honor to acquaint you that I must insist upon that clause in the sixth article of the draught which declares the cession to be free and unincumbered by any reservations, privileges, franchises, grants, or possessions by any associated companies, whether corporate or incorporate, Russian or any other, &c, and must regard it as an ultimatum; with the President’s approval, however, I will add two hundred thousand dollars to the consideration money on that account.

I avail myself of this occasion to offer to you a renewed assurance of my most distinguished consideration.


Mr. Edward de Stoeckl, &c., &c., &c.,