Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward.
Sir: * * * * * * * * * * *
The general sentiment touching our affairs is excellent. The message of the President, with respect to slavery, has been read with almost unanimous encomiums.
With the increasing respect which the success of our arms causes in the general conviction that the rebellion is nearly crushed out, and the continued rout or surrender of its forces before our armies, in contrast with the vain-glorious boastings of their leaders, has been a source of contemptuous comment.[Page 664]
No one event in the course of the war has excited more interest in Europe than the naval action in Hampton roads. Its results can hardly be measured. It is admitted on all sides that the “Monitor” has revolutionized the whole system of maritime warfare.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.