your request, to deliver the letter to the Moorish authorities, I think it my duty to signify, distinctly, to the latter, my intention to abstain from expressing an opinion regarding the course to be pursued by Morocco, on the subject of your letter.
In reply to this letter of Mr. Hay, I addressed him the following:—
Confederate States steamer Sumter, Gibraltar, February 25, 1862.
Sir:—I have had the honor to receive your letter of yesterday's date, in reply to mine of the 23d inst., informing me that You [I] must be aware that her Britannic Majesty's Government have decided on observing a strict neutrality, in the present conflict between the Northern and Southern States; it is therefore incumbent on her Majesty's officers to avoid anything like undue inter.
ference in any questions affecting the interests of either party, which do not concern the British Government; and though I do not refuse to accede to your request, to deliver the letter to the Moorish authoriti