Mr. Koerner to Mr. Seward.
Sir:* * * * *
Some time previous to the receipt of your last, Sir John Crampton had called upon me, and had explained the grounds and the object of the remonstrances which his government had felt itself compelled to make to the Spanish government respecting certain failures in the proper execution of treaty stipulations existing between Great Britain and Spain as to the suppression of the slave trade. He also informed me of the President’s promises to support the British reclamation according to the Washington treaty. Subsequent to the receipt of your despatch upon that subject I had another interview with Sir John, in which he informed me of the conversation and the correspondence which he had already had with the minister of state on the question, and of his prospects of success.
In pursuance of your despatch I have addressed a note to Señor Arrazola, the minister of state, a copy of which, I have the honor to enclose. I have also furnished a copy to Sir John.
Another political crisis seems to have been reached here. It is generally supposed that within a few days the ministry will resign, or that they will dissolve the present Cortes and appeal to the country.
As no change of administration will, in my opinion, seriously affect our relations with Spain, I forbear to indulge in speculations as to the probable successors of the present ministry, and as to the state of politics here generally.
I enclose a copy of the Iberia, of the 17th of this month, containing an article [Page 10] of General Prim, (El Condé de Reus,) in which he gives a brief sketch of his journey to the United States, and dwells more particularly on the great military and financial resources of the United States. The Iberia being the principal organ of the great Progressista party, and having a very wide circulation, the views of the general, so favorable to the great Union cause, and so flattering to our national power, cannot fail to create an excellent impression among the people of Spain.
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It is understood that the ministry have last night tendered their resignation to the Queen; whether it will be accepted, or whether the Cortes will be dissolved, is not yet ascertained.
I have the honor to be your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington.