To Edwin M. Stanton 
Dear Sir Sep. 19. 1862.
Mr. Henry G. Ward, accredited Agent for the government of China, represents to me that he purchased three hundred and thirty six barrels of powder at New-York, which he is prevented from shipping by your order. The preventing of the shipping of powder may be a military necessity with us at this time, and if so, it can be no just ground of offence to any other government, as I suppose. But should we not, in such case, tender the purchase money to the agent so that he can use it elsewhere? Yours truly