Mr. Seward to Mr. Burlingame
Sir: This department has received a despatch dated the 11th of December last, from the consul general of the United States at Shanghai, enclosing a copy of a despatch of the 10th ultimo of that month which he addressed to yourself upon the subject of the expulsion of American merchants from the north bank of the Yangtsi at Chinkiang, together with copies of the correspondence between the consul general and the Tantai upon the subject referred to.
You will be pleased to report specially and fully thereupon to this department.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Anson Burlingame, Esq., &c., &c., &c.