In this letter, W.S. Holabird writes that he has received Lewis Tappan's letter from September 24. He mentions that when he wrote to him on September 5, he had no knowledge of Tappan having ever received "any instructions on the subject named and was confident that [he] had received none." After receiving Tappan's letter of September 9, referring to a communication from the Secretary of State to Holabird from April 30, Holabird examined the papers in his office and found an unopened letter sent to him at Litchfield. By return mail Holabird wrote to Tappan and Roger S. Baldwin that he was "authorized to admit the authenticity of the Spanish documents."