Mr. Seward to Mr. Motley

No. 42.]

Sir: The opening of the campaign is attended with some embarrassments, which, in the excitement of the moment, are likely to be exaggerated. The expedition of General Franklin to Sabine Pass was only one of three designed to re-establish the national authority in Texas. Its repulse may retard, but it is not thought that it endangers, the success of the plan.

Official despatches from the army of the Cumberland have been received of a date so late as 2 p. m. of the 21st. They are inexplicit, but their general effect is thought to justify the expectation of our continuing to hold our important positions in Tennessee. Should any later news be seasonably received I will communicate it by telegraph.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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