Mr. Stoeckl to Mr. Seward

Mr. Secretary of State: To give sequence to the note which I had the honor to address to you on the 16–28th December last, I hasten to subjoin hereto copies of two letters which have just reached me, on the subject of the conflict which might have happened between the American whaler Java and a Russian vessel in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Please accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my very high consideration.


Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.

Translation of a letter from Vice-Admiral Krabbé, minister of marine to Prince Gortchakow, chancellor of the empire, dated St. Petersburg, January 4–16, 1868.

In reply to the note your excellency did me the honor to address to me, I hasten to inform you that I do not find in the department of marine any trace of instructions given to our cruisers to take any restrictive measures touching the whale fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk.

As to the conflict which may have had place between an American whaler and a Russian vessel in the Sea of Okhotsk, the department, thus far, has no information.

I have the honor, &c., &c.

Translation of a letter from H. E. de Kersakoff, governor-general of Oriental Siberia, to his excellency Mr. de Westmann, assistant to the minister for foreign affairs, dated St. Petersburg, January 12–24, 1868, No. 1501.

After receiving the letter of your excellency dated January 7–19, I addressed a telegram to the chief authorities at Irkourtsk, to send me what information they had on the supposed conflict of our sloop of war Aleoute with the American whaler Java. I was answered that no news on the subject had reached them from Nicholaeffsky.

In consequence, I hasten to write to the military governor of the maritime province of Oriental Siberia, requesting him to inform me of the facts connected with the incident before cited.

I have the honor, &c.