Mr. Stoeckl to Mr. Seward.

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to transmit to you, hereto annexed, the translation of a report which Captain Pestchouroff, the commissioner of the Russian government for the transfer to the federal authorities of our ancient possessions in North America, has addressed to me.

Mr. Pestchouroff informs me that this transfer has been accomplished without having given rise to the slightest difficulty.

I venture to request you, Mr. Secretary of State, to please to give me, on your part, if you think proper, the like assurance, that I may be able to transmit it to the imperial government. Such an exchange of notes may be considered as an official act, showing that the execution of the clause of our convention, having for purpose the transfer of the ceded territory, has been effected to the mutual satisfaction of the two parties.

Please to accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my very high consideration.


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