Mr. Stoeckl to Mr. Seward
Mr. Secretary of State: I had the honor to receive the note you were pleased to address to me on the 23d of this month, as well as an extract from the report of the United States commercial agent at Nikolaievsk, which was annexed.
I have room to believe that the incident in question was the result of exaggeration or of misunderstanding.
I will address my government without delay on this subject, and will not fail to communicate to you the reports which will be sent to me.
Please accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my very high consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.