Mr. Raester to Mr. Seward.
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform you that emissaries from the rebels of Hayti have lately arrived in this city, and among [Page 371]them is a person named Dejoie, ex-commander of the Haytien dispatch-boat Liberté, which he treacherously delivered to the enemy in exchange for arms and munitions of war, to be used against the constitutional government of the country; and, in consideration of the treaty and the good relations existing between the republic of the United States and the government of Hayti, I must ask you to give orders prohibiting the clearance from this port, or any other in the United States, of all arms, munitions, or contraband of war, intended to foment or supply the rebellion in Hayti.
I also inclose a copy of the Moniteur Haïtien, containing the decree of my government in relation to the two vessels, Liberté and Sylvain, which have fallen into the hands of the enemy, and are now used for committing all sorts of depredations upon the coast.
Please accept the assurance of my very distinguished consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.