Mr. Campbell to Mr. Seward
Sir: * * * * * * *
The Russian squadron, of some twenty-five sail, including nine monitors and several iron-clads, with the Grand Duke Constantine on board, paid this capital a visit within the last fortnight, and shortly before my return from the international exhibition at Bergen. One monitor was lost and one damaged by striking a rock in the Bothnian gulf before the squadron reached Stockholm.
The visitors were received by the people with marked coldness or indifference, and by the King and officials with formal politeness. The Swedes say they are indebted for the visit to the fact that the Russians wish to show they are masters of the Baltic.
Russia is Sweden’s chronic dislike. The loss of Finland has not been forgotten nor forgiven. The Grand Duke is proud of his ship, the General Admiral, built by Mr. Webb, of New York; he declared at Copenhagen that she was “the best ship in the world.”
In the absence of Count Manderstrom, the minister of marine, Count Platen, has discharged the duties of the Foreign Office. A note from Count Manderstrom informs me that he has returned, and will this morning resume his post. Stockholm is exceedingly dull. The King is passing the season at the palace of Ulricksdale.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.