Mr. Dayton, United States minister, to Mr. Seward, Secretary of State.

Sir: Looking over my dispatch of the 8th instant, No. 484, I find that I have neglected to say that, in the conference there reported, Mr. Drouyn de Lhuys informed me that no change had been made in [Page 48] the condition of things connected with the Rappahannock, and that no orders had issued, or were about being issued, for its discharge. He said that he had as yet received no answer from the committee of jurisconsults, who had been consulted by him; although, as the senate had now adjourned, and Mr. Troplong, the president, who is chairman of this committee, would be at leisure, he might expect an answer at no distant day.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward,
Secretary of State.