Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward

No. 1513.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the reception from the department of dispatches Nos. 2112, 2113, and 2114.

During the past week the panic occasioned by the affair at Clerken-well has been slowly subsiding, although the attempts to do mischief have not altogether ceased. Some of the efforts made in Ireland to get possession of gunpowder appear to have been successful.

The projects upon the post office in London, through the agency of packets stuffed with explosive materials, have generally failed. The most serious of these, which was undertaken at the distributing office in this district, does not appear to have been noticed in the newspapers. No discovery has yet been made of the origin of these movements.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D C.