Mr. Seward to Mr. Thayer

No. 19.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 27th of January (No. 28) has been received, In addition to further reports concerning the recent transportation by the Emperor of the French of blacks from Egypt for military service in Mexico, it contains an interesting account of the new Viceroy’s reception of the consular corps at Cairo, and of the energetic measures with which he has begun his administration, together with a just and discriminating tribute to the public character of his predecessor Mohammed Said Pacha.

His Highness, Ismail Pacha, whose enlightened policy, as already indicated by the measures to which you refer, affords a favorable augury for the future, has the best wishes of the government and people of the United States.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


William S. Thayer, Esq., &c., &c., Alexandria.