--The masterpiece of the Seward Russell
correspondence about the rams is the following brief dispatch from Mr. Layard
to Mr. Stuart
, Her Majesty's Charge d'affaires at Washington
, written the very day that Mr. Adams
's threatening dispatch of same date was received, and three days before Earl Russell informed him in three lines that the threat had succeeded.
We give it in full:
Foreign Office, Feb. 5.
We have given orders to-day to the Commissioners
of Customs at Liverpool
to prevent the two iron clads leaving the Mersey
These orders had scarcely been sent when we received the note from Mr. Adams
, of which I send you a copy.
is not yet aware that orders have been given to stop the vessels.
You may inform Mr Seward
confidentially of the fact.