Hon. James M. Mason, Commissioner, &c., No. 54 Devonshire street, Portland Place, London.
It seems that previous to the departure of Mr. George N. Sanders for Europe, certain legislation of the Confederate Congress which had been proposed in the matter of contracting for the construction of iron-clad ships in Europe encountered the opposition of that gentleman.
The following memorandum from him on this subject is found among the intercepted papers.
Addressed to "Reld Sanders," it was probably placed by the latter in the hands of Mr. Memminger or Mr. Mallory, respectively, the Secretaries of the Confederate Treasury and Navy:
Richmond, Aug. 5, 1862.
--Any legislation in regard to the construction of iron-clad steamers until time is given me to get mine under way will be very unjust.
My detention here was necessary to the perfection of the contracts, which took much time and reflection.
The final instructions of the Navy Department have been issu