Mr. Seward to Mr. Thornton

Department of State, Washington,

Sir: I have received from Maria A. Lynch, the sister of Robert B. Lynch, who is now undergoing sentence of imprisonment in the penitentiary at Kingston, Canada, a letter of the 30th ultimo, a copy of which accompanies this note.

I have the honor to express the hope that you will commend the inclosed statement to the kind consideration of her Majesty’s authorities, and to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your obedient servant,


Edward Thornton, Esq., &c., &c., &c.