Mr. Seward to Mr. Wood.

No. 23.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 31st of December (No. 42) has been received.

I trust that the hostile spirit manifested towards us in Great Britain will have subsided before this despatch shall reach its destination.

The recent successes of our arms in Virginia, in Missouri, in South Carolina, in Kentucky, and in North Carolina, operating together with the patriotic action of Congress in regard to finances, have inspired the whole country with a strong confidence in the speedy success of the cause in which we are engaged. The insurrection has manifestly culminated, and the pressure of the Union armies upon it on every side is becoming irresistible.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Bradford R. Wood, Esq., &c, &c, Copenhagen.