Mr. Seward to Mr. Burton.
Sir: I inclose a copy of a letter of this date addressed to me by Mr. James A. Scrymser, a director of the International Ocean Telegraph Company, requesting that you may be instructed to aid Mr. Charles Rebello, an agent of that company, in obtaining from the government of the United States of Colombia the privilege of landing their cable on the shores of that republic. As the interests of the government and citizens of the United States are materially concerned in securing, as soon as practicable, reliable telegraphic communication with that republic, the application of the company is commended to your attention.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Allan A. Burton, Esq., &c., &c., &c.