Mr. Seward to Mr. Clay.
Sir: Your despatch of January 7, in which you survey the condition of the country at home, as well as its relations abroad, has been received and submitted to the President.
There is, I fear, too much of truth and justice in the views of European sentiment which you present, as there is also in your estimate of the domestic trials and dangers through which we have to pass. But, on the other hand, the clear moral right, as well as no inconsiderable moral and material strength and power, are on the side of the Union. The sentiment of devotion to it, and the principle of making that devotion the great element of political action, happily every day gain intensity, as well as expansion, equally in Congress and among the people. The confidence of the government is built in some measure upon its plans of the campaign which is opening, and these plans cannot wisely be made known. I must be content, therefore, with assuring you that the doubts or fears which our representatives abroad continually present to us find no lodgement whatever in our own minds.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Cassius M. Clay, Esq., &c., &c., &c.