Mr. Seward to Mr. Perry.
Sir: I transmit a copy of a letter of the 31st ultimo, addressed to the department by Messrs. Thompson and Hunter, and of the letter to them, to which it refers, from Captain Upton, of their brig Machias, from Vigo, to which port that vessel was compelled to proceed to perform quarantine, though Cadiz was her destination.
According to Captain Upton’s statement he not only had no sickness on board when he reached Cadiz, but he carried thither from Madeira a clean bill of health from both the Spanish and Portuguese consuls.
The Spanish sanitary edict, pursuant to which the Machias was ordered to Vigo, may be regarded, under the circumstances, as tantamount to a refusal of entry of all vessels from the United States.[Page 542]
It will certainly be the duty of this government to expect that of Spain to show probable cause for such a measure, and if no probable cause be shown the parties aggrieved will be entitled to reparation.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Horatio J. Perry, Esq., &c., &c., &c.