Mr. Seward to Mr. Motley

No. 37.]

Sir: Your despatch of June 22 (No. 27) has been received.

If your speculations concerning the Polish revolution are correct, as I believe they are, then it will be seen that a location within the immediate sphere of European politics, like that of Russia, has some advantages as well as some disadvantages. The European states suffer long and forbear much with a nation that falls under the affliction of civil war, if it be only near home. They are very intolerant of a nation, on this continent, that suffers its domestic wrangles to break the peace of the world. The Poles are not yet recognized by either France or Great Britain as a belligerent. They talk of intervention in behalf of Poland, but they do not act.

Just now victory seems to be smiling once more upon the national cause. The achievements of our four great armies are very brilliant and effective. The navy is understood to be renewing its efforts at Charleston. These events are inspiring the country with hopes, the influence of which will probably be manifested in the further sacrifices it is yet required to make.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


J. Lothrop Motley, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Vienna.