Mr. Seward to Mr. Pike.
Sir: Your despatch of May 28 (No. 50) was duly received. Our military affairs continue prosperous. The insurgents practically are concentrating their energies in an effort to save Richmond. They still dream of deliverance from Europe; but the time for the indulgence of such delusions has passed
I do not wonder that Europe fails to apprehend the policy of France in regard to Mexico. Embarrassments often result from the misemployment of standing armies abroad. Yet what is to be done with such armies when they are without occupation at home ?
I imagine that our policy, which practically dispenses with standing armies in time of peace, will prove to be the wisest one.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
James S. Pike, Esq.,&c., &c., &c.