Mr. Seward to Mr. Tassara.

The undersigned Secretary of State of the United States, Has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the note addressed to him on the 14th instant by Mr. Tassara, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of her Catholic Majesty, communicating the copy of a despatch from his government, in which it is announced that the commanding general of her Majesty’s naval forces in the Pacific will permit, as has until now been done, the entry and departure of the public correspondence at the blockaded port of Chili, in the mode expressed in the same despatch, and upon express condition that in the same way the official correspondence of the Spanish government shall be carried.

In informing Mr. Tassara that the announcement referred to will be promptly [Page 589] communicated to the Secretary of the Navy and the Postmaster General, the undersigned has the honor to renew to him on this occasion the assurances of his very high consideration.


Senor Don Gabriel Garcia y Tassara, &c., &c., &c.