Mr. Motley to Mr. Seward.
SIR: It appears only too probable that a terrible crime has just been attempted in Prague. The public journals will have brought you by means of the telegraph, long before the arrival of this despatch, full details of the event, and of the results of the examination now in progress. On inquiry of the minister of foreign affairs yesterday, I found it considered hardly doubtful that a foul attempt upon the life of the Emperor had been made—a sovereign ever most conscientious in the discharge of his great office, who at that very moment was engaged in dispensing very liberal charities with his own hand throughout the provinces lately desolated by a cruel war, which he and his ministers had done their best to avert. For the moment I can do no better than translate the paragraph referring [Page 685] to this deplorable affair in the official gazette of yesterday mornings as nothing further or more accurate than this account is thus far known.
I am conscious that my despatch will of necessity be antiquated before it comes to hand.
I have the honor to remain, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.