Mr. Hollister to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to state that the condition of this city is growing daily worse. Yesterday the President burned down about thirty houses, and threatened to fire into an orphan asylum where there were about sixty little girls, giving them only twenty minutes to leave. We [Page 359]persuaded him at last to give them a reasonable time. He still declares that he will burn the city. Whether he will I cannot say, but I shall do my best to prevent it. If I had a ship of war here, my moral position would be improved. I send an extract from the Jamaica Guardian, (May 25,) relating to Mr. St. John and myself, stating things which are entirely without foundation. We have never attempted to interfere with matters here, except as I have informed you heretofore.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.