Mr. Clay to Mr. Seward.

No. 4, official.]

Sir: Your correspondents from other courts will no doubt, before this reaches you, have informed you of the character of the notes addressed by England, France, Austria, and some of the minor powers, to Russia in regard to the Polish question, as well as of the answers of Prince Gortchacow. I think I but reflect the almost universal sentiment here, when I say that the Prince’s response is regarded as triumphant and exhaustive. This is evidenced by the fact that [Page 868] where, as before, commercial circles were quite excited by fears of a war, now a peace with all the powers, so far as Poland is concerned, seems to be confided in on all sides.

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I am, truly, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.