Mr. Thiébaut to Mr. Adee.

My Dear Mr. Adee: I hasten to acknowledge receipt of your personal note of to-day in which you inform me that the persons seized on the Spanish vessels recently captured by the Federal fleet are now in the custody and control of the War Department, at Key West Barracks, but that upon instructions of the Attorney-General, the United States attorney for the southern district of Florida will cooperate with military authorities in permitting all proper communications from families or friends to reach the officers and crew of the steamer Buena Ventura.

I have at once transmitted this information to the agent of the vessel in question at Liverpool.

I am directed by the ambassador to convey to you his thanks for your so courteous action in the matter, and I beg you to believe me, my dear Mr. Adee,

Most sincerely, yours,