Mr. Seward to Mr. de Stoeckl

Sir: I have the honor to inclose an extract from a dispatch of the 14th of September last, addressed to me by H. G. O. Chase, esq., the vice-commercial agent of the United States at Nikolaievsk, Amoor river, in relation to the alleged interference with American whaling ships in the Okhotsk sea, and to the reported firing into one of them by Russian naval vessels.

I will thank you to inform me whether you have received any information on this subject.

Accept, sir, a renewed assurance of my highest consideration,


Mr. Edward de Stoeckl, &c., &c., &c.


Mr. Chase to Mr. Seward.

No. 12.]

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From a reliable source I am informed that the commander of the Russian government steamer Aleout, which was in the Okhotsk sea not long since, warned out of the bay, near Shantar islands, some American whaleships which were found there. One of these, the Java, I am informed, not complying with sufficient promptitude, was fired at with solid shot, whereupon she took her departure.

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I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


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