Señor Garcia to Mr. Seward.
Yesterday I addressed the following telegram to the Secretary of the Treasury: “Steamer Havana, chartered by me as tender to the Peruvian monitors, has been detained by direction of Collector Smith at the moment of sailing for New Orleans. I request your orders for her liberation at once.”
Having received no answer yet, and the delay being very prejudicial to the interest of my government, I beg to call your attention to this matter, and request your assistance. I have reason to believe this is the proceeding of one who has personal enmity to my government, and has represented this vessel as destined on a filibustering expedition, but you know her destination, and consequently that charge is false and malicious.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.