Mr. Seward to Mr. Washburn.

No. 76.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatches numbered 95 and 96, of the. 15th and 17th of January last.

I have read with painful interest the account which you give of the unhappy condition of affairs in Paraguay, and in view of which you have been induced to tender your resignation of the position of minister resident of the United States at Asuncion.

I am directed by the President to inform you, in reply, that your resignation is accepted, with permission to exercise your own discretion in regard to awaiting the arrival of a successor.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Charles A. Washburn, Esq., &c., &c., &c.