Mr. Tassara to Mr. Seward.

No. 36.]

The undersigned, minister plenipotentiary of her Catholic Majesty, has the honor this moment to receive the answer of the honorable Secretary of State to his note of this date about the ship Pancas or Poncas, which is to sail from New London, and cannot but think it strange that the affair had not been at once taken under consideration.

* If, as is said, the vessel is to sail to-night or to-morrow, all because the necessary orders may not have been issued, it may be too late.

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It would have been desirable to have been able earlier to have recourse to the Department of State, but it has been done still in season to prevent the departure of the vessel, and it is to be hoped that the government of the United States will comply with the laws of neutrality.

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.

  1. Note by the Translator.—This paragraph in the original is obscure, and seemingly incomplete.