Mr. Seward to Mr. Marsh

No. 69.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 31st December (No. 63) has been received. We are authorized to infer, from the incidents it relates, that the agitation which a few months ago so seriously threatened the peace and safety of Italy has subsided. What, when viewed at this distance, the new kingdom of Italy seems to need is such a season of repose from revolutionary debates as may allow the sentiments of nationality and independence to ripen and become habitual and constant.

We are again involved in active campaigns, and looking with anxiety, but not without confidence, to the operations of our great armies in Virginia and Tennessee, and to our powerful land and naval expeditions upon the southern coast and on the Mississippi river. The telegraph will report to you events in advance of any speculations that I might now venture to communicate.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


George P. Marsh, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Turin.