Mr. Perry to Mr. Seward.
Sir: * * * * * * * * *
Our war causes our country to be much known, and its commercial importance to be fully realized in Barbary. To our rebellion is attributed not only the high price of cotton, but almost every ill to which human flesh is heir. Two ministers of the Bey recently expressed the hope that our war would soon cease, but not till the triumph of liberty. An Arabic journal, printed here under government auspices, gives a weekly summary of American news, selected from the liberal journals of France, and this week’s issue has your excellency’s letter accompanying the homestead bill.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.