Mr. F. W. Seward to Mr. Kreismann.

No. 19.]

Sir:Your despatch of September 7, No. 29, has been received. I shall receive with much pleasure your promised paper on the commerce and revenue of Prussia.

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Recent military and political events Lave probably wrought a change in opinion in Berlin concerning the prospects of the United States since your despatch was written. No class of men pronounce themselves upon political questions more confidently than courtiers and placemen, and yet no class of men so habitually judge more erroneously. They study the signs, not the causes, of social movements.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

F. W. SEWARD, Acting Secretary.

Hermann Kreismann, &c., &c., &c., Berlin.