Yours of the 19th inst. has this moment come to hand, and I am surprised at what you say, that Mr. Clayton had seen the draft of Mr. Webster’s letter on the subject of the Lobos Islands date June 5th 1852, now in the State Department and that it was endorsed, "Approved M. F."
The article in the papers to which you allude was brought to my notice by the edition of the Coml [Commercial] Advertiser, in which it was stated that I approved the letter written to Mr. Benson on the subject. I said it was not so and he contradicted it. In truth no letter was ever written to Mr. Benson.