The Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Navy (Daniels)

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of your letter of the 10th instant, with which you enclosed copies of the letters addressed to the Navy Department by the commanding officer [Page 877] of the U. S. S. Iroquois in November 1861, regarding the movements of the Sumter in the port of Martinique.

I have the honor to inquire whether the action of Commander Palmer of the Iroquois in communicating with the shore and arranging for signals as to the movements of the Sumter, as indicated in his reports, received the approval or disapproval of the Navy Department at the time.

I have [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Robert Lansing

Counselor