Mr. Seward to Mr. Webb.

No. 235.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of the 7th of August, which is without number, and which is accompanied by a copy of the final correspondence which has taken place between yourself and Mr. Paranhos, the Brazilian secretary of foreign affairs, relating to the opposition which was offered by the Marquis de Caxias to the voyage of the Wasp up the Parana River, with the view of relieving Mr. Washburn and his family at Asuncion.

Your proceedings in the settlement of that vexatious case, as they are represented in your dispatch and the accompanying correspondence, are approved and commended.

You will assure the Marquis de Paranhos that this government highly appreciates the just and friendly manner in which the transaction has been brought to a satisfactory end on the part of the government of Brazil.

I am. sir, your obedient servant,


James Watson Webb, Esq., &c., &c., &c.