No. 564.
Mr. Cushing to Mr. Fish.

No. 49.]

Sir: I entertain confident belief that, with steady but patient persistence of reclamation, we shall in good time reach a satisfactory solution of most, if not all, of the unsettled questions growing out of the capture of the Virginius.

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It may become expedient ere long to communicate personally with the minister of state on the whole subject, with doubt only whether or not it is best to wait for written responses from the minister of state, such as to require argumentative written reply on my part, or in anticipation thereof to provoke or invite oral discussion.

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Meanwhile, if you have had occasion to reflect upon the reserved questions comprehended in the general reclamation, it will greatly relieve me to receive directions from you to guide me in this behalf, more [Page 1220] especially as those questions are somewhat new, and the presentation of them may imply commitment of the United States in respect of principles of reciprocal public right.

I have, &c.,