Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have to acknowledge the reception of despatches from the department, numbered from 1576 to 1582 inclusive.
In regard to No. 1580, of the 4th of November, it did not seem to me that there was any good reason for postponing the communication to this government of the final answer to the feeble proposal of Lord Russell; so I drew it up and sent it last evening.
A copy of my note is herewith transmitted.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.