Mr. Tassara to Mr. Seward.

The undersigned, minister plenipotentiary of her Catholic Majesty, has had the honor to receive the note of the 28th February, which the honorable Secretary of State of the United States pleased to address to him, advising him that this government had been officially informed of the renewal of hostilities by Peru against Spain, and that in consequence, in the intercourse with the vessels of both belligerents within the maritime jurisdiction, or in the ports of the United States, the regulations of international law and of the statute of the United States on neutrality would be strictly and impartially observed. The undersigned will so communicate to his government, requesting the honorable Secretary of State to be pleased to place in his knowledge any prescriptions which within those regulations this government may please to establish, in order to their punctual observance by her Majesty’s vessels of war.

The undersigned avails of this occasion to reiterate to the honorable Secretary of State of the United States the assurance of his highest consideration.


Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c.,&c.