Mr. Seward to Mr. Tassara.

The undersigned, Secretary of State of the United States, has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Tassara’s note of the 6th instant, and to inform him, in reply, that inquiries have already been addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury with a view to ascertain the character and destination of the Varuna, a vessel which left the port of New York on the 27th ultimo, under strong suspicion, as Mr. Tassara states, of having gone to be fitted out as a privateer against Spain by Chili.

The undersigned offers to Mr. Tassara on this occasion renewed assurances of his highest consideration.


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