Mr. Dayton to Mr. Seward

No. 395.]

Sir: I have just returned from the palace. The Emperor had, to-day, the usual reception of the diplomatic corps, and was addressed by the Pope’s Nuncio in its behalf, and made a short address in reply.

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There was nothing in his remarks of a special or marked character. After reciprocating the salutations and kind wishes of the corps, he said, in substance, that notwithstanding the difficulties which surrounded them he trusted matters would be so conducted as to lead to and perpetuate a policy of peace.

To me personally he said, “Your troubles are not so great as they were this time last year;” and he added, that he trusted they might be ended at no distant day.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.