Joshua Chamberlain and William Seward Assist the Jaffa -Adams- Colonists in 1867
Augusta Sept 7 1867
I enclose a copy of Mr. Seward's last letter to me concerning the "Jaffa Colonists". I had asked that Farragut be authorized to send the sufferers home in a Government ship.
Mr. Seward seemed desirous to know what we are doing here, and wishes to hear from our Members of Congress.
Very truly yours
Department of State
Washington. August 31st 1867.
Joshua L. Chamberlain.
Governor of Maine.
Referring to your communication of the 21st instant concerning the Jaffa Colonists, I have the honor to invite your attention to the fact that information has reached the Department showing that a new party will set out from Maine to Jaffa at the end of August.
It is historically true, I believe, as a general fact that Colonies always suffer great embarrassment in the beginning, and yet that, when fed by reinforcements, they have finally very often succeeded.
I shall be glad to have such facts as you may be able to furnish concerning this alleged effort by citizens of Maine to revive and sustain the said Colony. I especially wish that the Senators and Representatives of Maine, or some of them, would give this Department information of what may be expected in regard to any movements in that State, either for bringing back the Colonists of Jaffa, or for reinforcing them or sending them supplies.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD