Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward

No. 16.]

Sir: Although the rebellion or insurrection has not as yet been entirely suppressed by the Spanish government, yet everything that I can see, hear, or learn, from any source, confirms me in the opinion which I ventured to express in my despatch to you, No. 15, of January 9. Madrid has been perfectly quiet and tranquil from the beginning, and so continues to the present moment. The two houses of the national Cortes continued their daily sessions here regularly, and there is nothing which meets the eye to indicate the slightest disturbance of the public tranquillity. I have had several communications from Americans visiting in other parts of Europe, inquiring if it were perfectly safe to visit Spain at the present time, and I have uniformly answered that it was.

With much respect, your obedient servant,


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