[Maximilian Affair]. William Seward Letter Signed. One and one-quarter pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington, November 24, 1866, on Department of State stationery, to "F. Clavel" of New Orleans, concerning the "complicated character" of the "steamer Sonora, sunk by the Liberals (so called) at Tampico, Mexico." Seward points out that part of the reason that the matter is so complicated is "the recent frequent changes in authority at that place." Seward, no doubt, meant the events concerning the Mexican Emperor Maximilian, whose already unraveling control would result in his death in front of a firing squad in June 1867. Clavel was seeking indemnification for the losses he incurred from the sunk steamer, but, as Seward points out, the present "is not considered to be a favorable time to claim reparation." On lined paper with smoothed folds.

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