Mr. Perry to Mr. Seward .


No. 68.]

Sir: * * * * * * * *

The prevalence of a strange and cruel rumor, of whose truth or falsity I have no knowledge, may illustrate the excitability of the Tunisian populace in regard to American affairs. “Peace proclaimed in America, and President Lincoln assassinated at Richmond.” These have been the words bandied through the city from noon to night. Great numbers have flocked to the door of this consulate to ascertain the truth or falsity of this report, and the dragomans were instructed to say that the consul has received no reliable information relative to the matter in question. The names of President Lincoln and Minister Seward have by recent events become almost as well known to the populace of Tunis as those of the Bey Mohammed and his minister Sidi Mustapha.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward,
Secretary of State.