>Mr. Seward to Mr. Marsh.

No. 160.]

Sir : Your despatch No. 168, dated November 18th, has been received. The course pursued by you on receiving from Mr. King, at Rome, information of the escape into Italian territory of John H. Surratt, is approved, and the promptness and energy of your efforts to secure his re-arrest and his surrender to the United States, in the event of his being found within the Italian kingdom, are highly commended.

You are no doubt already aware of the criminal’s flight to Alexandria, and of his arrest there at the instance of the consul general, Mr. Hale.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

George P. Marsh, Esq., &c., &c., &c.