Mr. Seward to Mr. Sullivan.
Sir: Your dispatch No. 5, from Baranquilla, of the 29th of May last, relative to citizens of the United States claiming to have been carried, [Page 1015] against their consent, to Carthagena in the R. R. Cuyler or Rayo, has been received. It seems that, through the prompt and energetic proceedings of A. S. Hanaberg, esquire, United States consul at Carthagena, supported by the firmness and prudence of Commander Foster, of the Osceola, thirteen of the men were released, but without the payment of the wages due to them. The proceedings in regard to the shipment of these men at New York seems to have been irregular, and if the Colombian authorities were cognizant of them, they would afford ground for complaint against that government. You will accordingly ask for explanations from that government.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Peter J. Sulliyan, Esq., &c., &c., &c.