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*CUBAN CORRESPONDENCE, 1866–1871.

11 * For correspondence relative to the prevention in the ports of

the United States of vessels alleged to be fitting out to cruise against the commerce of France in 1861, see vol. 7, Claims of United States against Great Britain, pp. 39–42.]

Vr. Dickinson, district attorney, to Mr. Hunter, Acting Secretary of State.

[Telegram.]

OFFICE UNITED STATES MILITARY TELEGRAPH,

WAR DEPARTMENT,

New York, January 24, 1866 Wu. HUNTER, Esq., Acting Secretary of State :

SIR: Upon information and evidence furnished by the Spanish consul that the ship Meteor is being fitted out, and is about to sail from this port with intent that she should be employed or cruise in the service of Chili against the commerce of Spain, I have caused her to be libeled and detained. Has the Department of State any suggestions or instructions !

D. S. DICKINSON, United States District Attorney.

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* Mr. Hunter, Acting Secretary of State, to Jr. Dickinson, district

attorney.

[Telegram.]

WASHINGTON, January 25, 1866. D. S. DICKINSON, United States Attorney, New York:

Your telegram of yesterday reached here too late in the evening to be then answered. At present no suggestions or instructions from this Department relative to the case of the Meteor are deemed necessary.

W.HUNTER.

Mr. Dickinson, district attorney, to Jr. Sercuril, Secretary of State.

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK,

New York, February 17, 1866. Sir: I have the honor to report in the case of Benjamin V. Mackenna, indicted for a breach of the neutrality laws, &c., that on the 11th instant he appeared in court, and, in the language of his counsel, 66 waived his diplomatic privilege,” and pleaded to the indictment upon the merits. In other words, he withdrew his plea of alleged diplomatic relations, which relations I was prepared to show, by documents so promptly and courteously furnished me from the State Department, had

no existence. [3] Esteban Rogers, the Chilian consul, indicted *for a similar

offense, pleaded to the indictment without any suggestion of privilege, although at the time he evidently had not been advised that his exequatur had been revoked by the President. Both cases stand over for trial in March next, and the defendants have given bail for their appearance. I have the honor to be, sir, yours, &c.,

D. S. DICKINSON,

United States District Attorney. Hon. WILLIAN H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

Hr. Sevard, Secretary of State, to Mr. Dickinson, district attorney.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, March 31, 186). Sir: Pursuant to the request contained in your letter of yesterday's dlate, I herewith transmit a certified copy of an official paper on file in this Department relative to the existence of a state of war between Spain and Chili. I am, sir, yours, &c.,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. D. S. DICKINSON, Esq.,

United States District Attorney, New York.

Ir. Seward, Secretary of State, to Jr. JcCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 10, 1866. Sir: At the instance of Mr. Tassara, the Spanish minister, I [1] will thank you to cause a vessel * called La Orientale, which is at

pier No. 33 North River, New York, which is advertised for Montevideo, and which is supposed to be intended for the Chilian service, to be detained for examination. It is advisable that the order for this pur. pose should be sent by telegraph, as the vessel is to sail to-morrow or the day after. I have the honor to be, sir, yours, &c.,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD). Hon. II. McCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury.

Jr. JcCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury, to Mr. Sercard, Secretary of State.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 11, 1866. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 10th instant, requesting that the vessel called La Orientale, advertised for Montevideo, be detained at New York for examination. In accordance with such request, the following telegram was forth with transmitted to the collector at New York:

Detain vessel called La Orientale, which is at pier No. 33 North River, and advertised for Montevideo, and await instructions from this Department.

I will thank you to inform me at the earliest practicable moment what further action, if any, is required from this Department in the matter. I am yours, &c.,

HUGH MCCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

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Vr. Seward, Secretary of State, to Mr. Dickinson, district attorney.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 11, 1866. SIR: I inclose a translation of a note of yesterday, addressed to this Department by Mr. Tassara, the Spanish minister here, on the subject of a vessel at New York called La Orientale, which, supposing her to be intended for the service of the republic of Chili, he requests may be detained for examination. The request has been made known to the Secretary of the Treasury, who is understood to have complied with it, You will cause the proper examination to be made, and, if it should result in suflicient cause therefor, the vessel, and any parties concerned, may be judicially proceeded against. I ai, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM II. SEWARD. DANIEL S. DICKINSON, Esq.,

Attorney of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

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* Vr. Seward, Secretary of State, to Mr. Tassara, Spanish minister,

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 11, 1866. The undersigned, Secretary of State of the United States, has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Tassara's note of yesterday's date, relative to the vessel called the La Orientale, and alleged to be of a suspicious character, now lying at the port of New York, and advertised to sail for Montivedeo, but really, according to Mr. Tassara's belief, for service in the cause of the Chilian government.

In reply, the undersigned has the honor to inform Mr. Tassara that his request for the detention of the vessel referred to, until her real destination can be made clear, has been complied with.

The undersigned offers to Mr. Tassara on this occasion renewed as. surances of his very bigh consideration.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. Señor Don GABRIEL GARCIA Y TASSARA,

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* Mr. Serrard, Secretary of State, to Mr. Welles, Secretary of the Vary.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 16, 1866. Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a telegraphic dispatch received from the commanding officer at Fort Sullivan, Maine, and to ask your attention to the subject to which it relates. I would sug. gest that instructions be sent to the Winoski to co-operate with the military and revenue officers and the police, in order to prevent or defeat any attempted violation of the neutrality laws of the United States. I have the honor to be, &c.,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. Hon. GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Nary.

Mr. McCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury, to Nr. Sercard, Secretary of State.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 20, 1866. SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith the letter of the collector at Stonington, relative to the gen-boat Sciota, recently purchased from the United States, and now loading with guns, gun-carriages, &c., for Valparaiso. The collector asks what course he shall pursue, a question which is respectfully presented for your consideration. With great respect,

H. MCCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. WILLIAM HI. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

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Mr. Turnbull, collector, to Mr. McCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury.

OFFICE OF THE COLLECTOR OF CUSTOMS,
DISTRICT OF STONINGTON, CONNECTICUT,

Stonington, April 16, 1566. SIR: The gun-boat Sciota, recently purchased of the United States Government by parties in New London, has been repairing at Noank, from which place she expects to sail for her destination, Valparaiso. I understand her cargo is to consist of guns, gun-carriages, kerosene oil, oakum, &c. It is the impression here that she is intended for the Chilian nary.

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