Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward

No. 274.]

Sir: Mr. Mann, the commissioner of the late insurgents, has, I understand, taken his departure from Brussels and returned again to obscurity. His action and influence here seem to have been mainly limited to furnishing his version of the news from the United States to a small journal here, which was finally compelled, under the pressure of events and the indignant sentiment of the party to which it belonged, to throw him and his cause overboard.

I am not aware that we have any extradition treaty with Belgium. In view of the probability that many of the accomplices in the assassination at Washington will seek refuge here, I would respectfully call the attention of the department to this fact.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.