Mr. Wood to Mr. Seward
Sir: I herewith enclose a translated copy of the minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Blumhe’s, reply to my note of the 3d instant, a copy of which I duly forwarded to you.
For obvious reasons I withheld communicating your despatch or circular, No. 106, until I had received the minister’s reply to that note, as I knew you could not have been aware of the activity of the rebels in these waters. I also enclose you a note addressed to the minister of foreign affairs of the 12th instant, enclosing a copy of Mr. Consul Dudley’s note to me. The Denmark is the same iron-clad I referred to in despatch No. 184, (20th February last,) built by Messrs. Thompson, on the Clyde, originally for the confederates. It seems the Danish government have employed (as Mr. Dudley informs me) the Messrs. Thompson, or an Englishman by the name of Watson, of Liverpool, to sell her. She is now lying in the harbor of Copenhagen. On the 8th instant—the King’s birthday—the diplomatic corps waited upon him. He took the occasion to thank me for the kind manner which I had conducted in the affair of the Staerkodder, Sphinx, or Stonewall. I think I have balked the rebels in enlisting men here, and I have advised Mr. McDonald, the vice-consul at Hamburg, who is on the lookout for them.
I remain, &c., your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.