Mr. Seward to Mr. Sanford
Sir: I have submitted to the President your despatch of the 4th of September, No. 145. The representations you have made to his Majesty, as therein expressed, seem to have been discreet and proper; and the liberal and friendly sentiments he expressed in reply are cordially appreciated.
If we do not mistake, the civil war is now becoming so ruinous to those who began it recklessly, and without just cause, as to induce anxious consideration about the probable result. This is not submission, nor is it reconciliation, but it is the first stage on the road to peace. As we advance to meet the problem of reconciliation, many of its difficulties, which, at a distance, seem so serious as to create divisions among the friends of the Union, may be expected to disappear. Prudence, therefore, requires that we should not prematurely engage in the discussion of them.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Henry S. Sanford, &c., &c., &c., Brussels.