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nt of the United States insisted on maintaining the action of Capt. Wilkes, the United States would be abandoning their doctrine and adopting ours.--Mr. Adams asked me a further question, which he said I might decline to answer. It was whether, if Lord Lyons came away, a declaration of war would be the immediate consequence. I told him nothing was decided on that point; we should wait for the reply from America and then decide upon our course. I stated to Mr. Adams the substance of M. Thouvenel's dispatch to M. Mercier as I had heard it from M. de Flahault. Mr. Adams said that the French Government had always been very consistent in their maintenance of the rights of neutrals. He added that he could not pay our Government the same compliment. I said I would dispense with compliments if this matter could be amicably arranged. We parted on very friendly terms, I am, &c., (Signed) Russell. Lord Lyons to Earl Russell (received January 9) Washington, Dec. 27, 1861. My Lo