Mr. Pike to Mr. Seward.

No. 52.]

Sir: I have had the honor to receive your despatch of June 4, (No. 58,) which came by yesterday’s mail.

I had previously received copies of two “memorandums,” dated respectively the 30th and 31st May, in relation to interviews of the British and French ministers with the Secretary of State upon events occurring at New Orleans, enclosed with your despatch of June 3, (No. 57.)

The daily voluntary sacrifices of men and money, made and making by the United States in support of their government, is a spectacle so extraordinary, both in character and extent, as to be viewed with profound emotion in Europe. The federal government has developed a strength, and the people have exhibited a purpose and a resolution so striking, that every hour deepens the impression that interference with American concerns by the governments of Europe would be unavailing. The magnitude of the case quite overshadows all ordinary courses and motives of action, and has nearly silenced even hostile speculation.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington.