Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.

No. 1111]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the reception of despatches from the department numbered from 1611 to 1615, inclusive, and likewise two printed copies of the military order of the 24th of November, 1865, in relation to the rewards offered for the arrest of certain persons.

The same steamer which brought these despatches furnished to the public copies of the President’s annual message, of the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, and of other papers, emanating from the executive department. The general effect produced by these publications has been most favorable. There is but one voice in regard to the dignity and comprehensiveness of the message. The effect of the treasury report has been felt in a sudden rise in the value of the government bonds, both in Germany and in this country. All this is a source of much exultation to those of us who have had the fortune to represent the country among the malevolent classes abroad, independently of the purer gratification we derive from a confirmation of our trust in the patriotic and wise direction of affairs through which we may soon hope for a re-establishment of the nation on a footing even more elevated than it has reached at any former time.

Although, perhaps, it may be deemed a work of supererogation, I cannot withhold the expression of my own hearty concurrence in the views taken by the President, not less of the financial and constitutional than of the diplomatic questions, which it has been his duty at this critical moment to present to the country.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.