Mr. Seward to Mr. Webb.
Sir: I herewith inclose to you a copy of a communication addressed to this department by James A. Scrymser, projector and director of the International Ocean Telegraph Company, desiring to obtain aid and authority from the Brazilian government to extend the lines of his company over the West India Islands to a convenient point on the coast of Brazil.
You are instructed to give such assistance as may be in your power towards effecting the accomplishment of the object in view.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
James Watson Webb, Esq., &c., &c., &c.