Señor de Irisarri to Mr. Seward


Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform you that I have received a despatch from the minister of foreign relations of Salvador, dated the 19th of last month, in answer to my letter to that department, communicating the news of the assassination of Mr. Abraham Lincoln, the illustrious President of your republic, in which I am instructed to express to your excellency the profound grief of the President of Salvador for the sad event, as well as for the attempt upon your life.

That government has ordered the civil and military employés of the republic to put on mourning as a token of sympathy for the government of the United States. I expect a similar communication from the government of Guatemala by the next steamer. I learn by the last mail that my despatch, communicating the lamentable event of the 14th of April, had not reached there when the last steamer started.

I remain, with feelings of the highest consideration, your very obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward,
Secretary of State.