Mr. King to Mr. Seward

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I inclose a letter, which, addressed to me at Albany, followed me thence to this city and reached me this morning. It tells its own story and needs no indorsement from me. It is the plea of a poor, sorrowing sister, for a brother unjustly condemned and imprisoned in Canada, for alleged complicity with the Fenian raid in the spring or summer of 1866. I do not know how far the Secretary may feel at liberty to interpose in such a case; but if he ever does, I should be very grateful if he would in this instance. I believe Miss Lynch tells the story truly, and suppose that an appeal from the State Department to the Canadian authorities would, without doubt, procure R. B. Lynch’s release.

Always truly yours,