Mr. Seward to Mr. Cameron.

No. 7.]

Sir: A communication from Mr. Clay, bearing date June 27, and not marked as a despatch, has been received. It gives an interesting account of the audience of leave granted him by the Emperor. The speech made by Mr. Clay was so just in its expressions of the sentiments of the President [Page 451] and of the American people, and the reply of his Majesty was so generous and faithful, that it is thought proper that you should acquaint Prince Gortchacow that the whole transaction is regarded with the highest satisfaction by this government. I cannot refrain from expressing a hope that your mission may be as fortunate as that of your loyal predecessor, who returns to us to exchange diplomacy for the sterner duties of the field.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Simon Cameron, Esq., &c., &c., &c.