NEW YORK, N. Y., October 20, 1864.
(Received 10.40 p.m.)
Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,
My order to the officer who went in pursuit of the marauders at Saint Albans was to follow them, if necessary, into Canada, and destroy them. My direction was, further, that the pursuit must be instant and continuous if carried across the line. I dined yesterday in company with Lord Lyons, and informed him of what I had done. I will send you to-morrow copies of my orders. I have this moment received the following satisfactory dispatch from Burlington:
Your order was perfectly understood. The pursuing party were close upon the raiders when they crossed the lines, and continued the pursuit, and at last accounts had captured eight, who are held by Canadian authorities awaiting requisitions. Canadian authorities are reported to be aiding in the pursuit and capture.
There are other raids in contemplation, and it is very important that the Canadian authorities should do their duty. I think they will.
JOHN A. DIX,