Mr. Seward, Secretary of State, to Mr. Dickinson, district attorney.

Sir: I inclose a translation of a note of yesterday, addressed to this Department by Mr. Tassara, the Spanish minister here, on the subject of a vessel at New York called La Orientale, which, supposing her to be intended for the service of the republic of Chili, he requests may be detained for examination. The request has been made known to the Secretary of the Treasury, who is understood to have complied with it. You will cause the proper examination to be made, and if it should [Page 163] result in sufficient cause therefor, the vessel and any parties concerned may be judicially proceeded against.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Daniel S. Dickinson, Esq.,
Attorney of the United States for the Southern District of New York.