Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward.
Sir : I have this morning received from you by the Atlantic telegraph cable the following despatch, viz : “ Has Spanish quarantine been rescinded or relaxed ?”
Immediately upon the receipt of the same, having no knowledge myself on the subject, I addressed the proper inquiry to the minister of state, and as soon as his answer is received I shall transmit it by telegraph to you.
With much respect, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.