Messrs. Goodrich, Deady & Goodrich to Mr. Gresham.
Dear Sir: The sickness and absence of members of our firm, covering several months of time, must be our excuse for apparent neglect of the interests of our clients in answering the Department’s letter of April 10, relative to the schooner Henry Crosby.
We beg now to inclose an additional affidavit from Captain Stubbs, the master of the vessel, which we hope will throw some new light on the affair.
In regard to the reference in Captain Stubbs’s affidavit to the United States man-of-war Baltimore, and the reparation made by Chile to the aliens aboard of her, we are aware that the analogy is not perfect, as the Baltimore was a public vessel, but it certainly seems clear to us, as private citizens, that the Government should be as quick to protect our private persons and property as it is to protect public property, and to protect even aliens who are in the employ of American citizens on a private vessel.
The assault on the flag carried by the Henry Crosby may be explained and apologized for to the Government, but it seems to us as if reparation should also be made to the private citizens who were also assaulted and fired upon by the authority of a foreign government. This would seem to be the protection owed to its citizens.
We would respectfully urge that the Department will reconsider the conclusions of its letter of April 10 and demand reparation for the indignity and injury which has been inflicted upon the memorialists, our clients.