Mr. Portman to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have the honor to transmit, herewith, No. 1, copy of a letter from her Britannic Majesty’s charge d’affaires, and No. 2, copy of my reply, in reference to the atrocious assassination of Mr. Lincoln.
The extreme fiendishness of that deed, and of the attack on yourself, paralyzes the judgment, and I can only pray that you may have entirely recovered.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington.
(For enclosure No. 1 see Appendix, separate volume.)