Mr. Thornton to Mr. Seward

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of yesterday’s date, inclosing copy of a letter from Maria A. Lynch. In compliance with your wish, I have forwarded copies of these documents to his excellency Sir John Young, governor general of Canada.

But at the same time I venture to refer you to the reports forwarded to me by Lord Monck and communicated to you on the 14th of October last, relative to Lynch’s health and the amount of labor done by him. Since that time his health may have become worse, but the work which was then being done by him cannot be considered as anything but extremely moderate, and it is not likely that it has been since increased.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,


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