Mr. Seward to Mr. Burlingame
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of a despatch of the 24th of October, No. 44, which Mr. Williams has addressed to this department relative to the humane conduct of the Rev. Father Gillie, in giving assistance to and successfully aiding a company of shipwrecked sailors belonging to the American schooner Surprise in their journey across Manchuria to Niuchwang. The government of the United States fully appreciating the kind service rendered by Father Gillie to our unfortunate countrymen on the occasion referred to, have caused a suitable testimonial to be prepared, which when completed will be transmitted to you for presentation to Father Gillie.
In the same despatch Mr. Williams informs the department of the wreck of the American schooner General Sherman. It is stated that the hull of this vessel was burned by the Coreans, and that the entire crew were murdered by them. I will thank you to make diligent inquiry respecting the fate of these unfortunate seamen, and acquaint me with the result.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Anson Burlingame, Esq, &c., &c., &c.