Mr. Webb to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose the official replies of “the allies” to my renewal of our tender of our “good offices.” Circumstances beyond [Page 272]my control render it impossible to furnish translations by this steamer, and therefore I forward the original.
“The allies” assume that the war in the river Plata is virtually at an end. The future call upon them for men and money will be the best commentary upon the accuracy of this assumption.
Joáo Silviera de Souza has been appointed minister of foreign affairs, vice Albuquerque, deceased.
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Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.