and House of Representatives:
I transmit to Congress a copy of a note of the 4th instant addressed by J. Hume Burnley. Esquire, Her Britannic Majestys Chargé d' Affaires to the Secretary of State, relative to a sword which it is proposed to present to Captain Henry S. Stellwagen, Commanding the United States frigate Constellation, as a mark of gratitude for his services to the British brigantine Mersey. The expediency of sanctioning the acceptance of the gift, is submitted to your consideration. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Washington, 8th. February, 1865.