Lord Gough to Mr. Adee.

My Dear Mr. Adee: With reference to my unofficial letter to you of the 8th instant, relative to the treatment of men shipped at New York on British vessels to tend cattle, I beg leave to inform you that I have been requested to furnish Her Majesty’s Government with further information on the matter previous to the issue of instructions to Her Majesty’s consul-general in reply to his application.

I should be glad, therefore, to know whether it would be agreeable to you that I should discuss the matter personally and unofficially with the Acting Secretary of the Treasury or such other authority as you may think proper.

If you see no objection to this course, I will come to Washington for the purpose in the course of next week.

Believe me, etc.,