DepaRtment of State,
Washington, April 10, 1861
Messrs. Forsyth, Crawford and Roman, having been apprised by a memorandum, which has been delivered to them, that the Secretary of State is not at liberty to hold official intercourse with them, will, it is presumed, expect no notice from him of the new communication which they have addressed to him, under the date of the 9th inst., beyond the simple acknowledgment of the receipt thereof, which he hereby very cheerfully gives.
A true copy of the original received by the Commissioners of the Confederate States, this 10th day of April, 1861.
J. T. PICKETT, Secretary, &c., &c.
SOURCES: Samuel Wylie Crawford, The Genesis of the Civil War: The Story of Sumter, 1860-1861, p. 343; D. Appleton & Company, The American Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1861, p. 713