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General Grant to General Lee.

Headquarters, armies of the United States, March 13, 1865.
General: Enclosed with this, I send you a copy of a communication from Earl Russell, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, England, to Messrs. Mason, Slidell, and Mann. The accompanying copy of a note from the Hon. W. H. Seward, Secretary of State, to the Secretary of War, explains the reason for sending it to you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. General R. E. Lee, commanding Confederate States Armies.

General Lee to General Grant.

Headquarters, C. S. Armies, March 23, 1865.
General: In pursuance of instructions from the government of the Confederate States, transmitted to me through the Secretary of War, the documents recently forwarded by you are respectfully returned.

I am directed to say ‘that the government of the Confederate States cannot recognize as authentic a paper which is neither an original nor attested as a copy; nor could they under any circumstances consent to hold intercourse with a neutral nation through the medium of open dispatches sent through hostile lines, after being read and approved by the enemies of the Confederacy.’

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

R. E. Lee, General. Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, commanding United States Armies.

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