Mr. Seward to Mr. Wright

No. 13.]

Sir: Your despatch of November 15, No. 8, has been received. I shall be glad to hear that the Prussian government has reconsidered the decision which was announced here by Baron Yon Gerolt, in the case of the convicts exported to the United States. Directions have been given in that case to refuse the convicts a landing, and to cause them to be returned to Prussia. The expense, if any, which may attend that proceeding, we think will be a fair ground of claim against the Prussian government.

You will read this despatch to Count Bismarck, and leave a copy with him if he shall desire it. It is the President’s wish that it may be understood as a respectful protest against any future proceedings by which the Prussian government might direct or consent to the transportation of convicted criminals to the United States.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Joseph A. Wright, Esq., &c., &c., Berlin.