Mr. de La Reintrie to Mr. Seward.
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence, contained in my No. 39, of March 16, and to your reply No. 27, March 31st last, respecting the bonds required for negroes brought to the Island of Cuba on board American vessels, I asked for a brief interview with Captain General Lersundi on the 17th of April last, as reported in my No. 46, of the same date.
As he was then about to leave Habana on a visit to Santiago de Cuba, I informed you that some delay would necessarily occur in complying with your instructions, and as at the aforesaid interview he had desired me to communicate in writing with him, I herewith give you a copy of my communication to him of the 4th, and of his reply of the 8th instant.
You will perceive that the captain general declines to act in the matter on the ground that it is not within his attributes, and refers the question to the diplomatic consideration of the department and her Catholic Majesty’s minister at Washington.
I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.[Page 12]