General Schenck to Mr. Fish.
London, October 4, 1873. (Received October 17.)
Sir: It is probable that you already have knowledge of a blockade of all that part of the Gold Coast which extends from Cape Coast Castle to the river Assinee, which appears to have been declared on the 1st day of September, by the British naval officer in command on the west coast of Africa. Official notice, however, of this declaration of blockade having been promulgated here last evening by Her Majesty’s government, I have thought it better to transmit to you at once, extracted from the Gazette, a copy of it as thus published.
It may be of interest to Americans engaged in African trade to have notice of this proclamation from the State Department.
No communication on the subject has been made to me.
I am, &c.,