have deemed it proper to present them in the form before you, expressing the wish that if considered incorrect in any part the inaccuracies may be pointed out.
With a respectful request that you will transmit a copy of this paper to the Government of the United States, together with your report of the transaction, to facilitate which a copy is herewith enclosed,
We have the honor to be,
Your obedient servants, John Slidell, J. M. Mason, George Eustis, J. E. Mcfarland. Captain Charles Wilkes, Commanding U. S. S. San Jacinto,
This is no doubt a strict version of the affair, and is corroborated by Captain Wilkes' report.
Captain Wilkes, when he parted company with the Trent, made the best of his way to Boston.
Why he did not go into New York or Hampton Roads, where he could have communicated at once with the Government, is unexplained, but the information of the capture was kept from the Department four days longer than it should have been.