No. 19.
Sir L. S. Sackville West to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a letter addressed to the United States district attorney and United States marshal at Sitka, which has been forwarded to me by the governor-general of Canada for transmission to you.

Lord Lansdowne states that this letter came into the possession of the Canadian government through the captain of the sealing schooner Alfred Adams, to whom it was given by the first lieutenant of the United States revenue-cutter Richard Rush, after boarding the said schooner and confiscating the skins and arms contained in her.

His excellency adds, by way of explanation, that the envelope of the letter which is described by the minister of marine in the report transmitting it as sealed and unopened appears to have been worn through at one end in transmission by post.

I have, etc.,

L. S. Sackville West.

Captain Shepard to the United States district attorney and United States marshal of Alaska.

Gentlemen: I have the honor to inform you that I have this day seized the British schooner Alfred Adams, of Victoria, B. C., W. H. Dyer, master, and Hugh McKay, of Victoria, B. C., managing owner, for violation of law, section 1956, Revised Statutes.

I have taken the seal skins (which will be delivered to the United States deputy marshal at Oonalaska) and his arms on board the United States revenue steamer Rush, and ordered the captain to proceed with his vessel to Sitka, Alaska, and on his arrival to set his crew at liberty, and to report in person to you, and I have to request that you will take charge of this vessel and her officers until I can appear in the United States district court against them, about September 1 next.

I am, etc.,

L. G. Shepard,
Captain United States Bevenue Marine.