Mr. Seward to Mr. Wood

No. 107.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 20th of February, No. 184, has been received.

As the case of the Stonewall or Staerkodder stands at present, the proceedings of the Danish government, in connexion therewith, appear in an unfavorable light. A despatch, dated the 27th ultimo, has been received to-day from Mr. Hansen, our consul at Elsinore, communicating facts which painfully confirm our apprehension that the government of Denmark has not exercised in the matter such diligent care as the occasion required. We do not learn that it has addressed remonstrances either to Spain or to France, or that it has taken any interest in the subject, or even answered the inquiries you have made.

I do not doubt that Mr. Hansen has fully acquainted you with the facts which he has communicated to the department, nor that you will exercise proper vigilance in your efforts to collect further information upon the subject.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Bradford R. Wood, Esq., &c., &c., Copenhagen.