Mr. Sullivan to Mr. Seward.

No. 5.]

Sir: Inclosed are copies of correspondence, Nos. 12, 13, 5, and 6, had between Mr. Hanaberg, United States consul at Carthagena, and myself, on the subject of the wrongful enlistment and detention of the crew of the steamer Rayo.

Also on the necessity of two or three American war steamers cruising in Colombia waters during this rebellion, as a protection to the lives and property of American citizens here, and to afford mail facilities, now suspended by the operations of the war in this country.

Also on account of General Lopez and his troops; and of the murder of one of the crew of the American war steamer Osceola by his comrade.

There are three English war ships at Carthagena looking after the interests of British subjects, who claim a lien upon, and have been for some time receiving thirty-seven and a half per cent. of, the gross receipts of all the custom-houses in the country.

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I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.