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ill allow me to state the reasons for which I have not taken any such steps. I found that when the matter was under discussion with the American Government the opinion of Lord Clarendon seems to have been unfavorable to the proposal that private property at sea should be respected during war. No final decision was come to, and no official communication was made, and the American Government expressed a wish that all communications upon the subject should be suspended. Some time afterwards Mr. Dallas read to me a dispatch of considerable length and much ability, which was addressed to Mr. Mason, at Paris. In that dispatch it was stated by the American Government that it was impossible that private property on board belligerent vessels should be respected at sea; but General Cass added that he considered that the right of blockade, as authorized by the law of nations, was a great abuse; that the only case in which a blockade ought to be permitted was when a land army was besieging a fo