Mr. Fox to Mr. Seward
Sir: Having returned from my visit to Russia on the 13th instant, I discharge a duty by enclosing to you herewith the following papers introductory— a memorandum of papers in Russian:
1. Autograph letter of Peter the Great.
2. A poem by Derschavin, a lyric poet of the time of Catherine II, with autographic corrections and remarks.
3. An autographic poem of Puschkin.
4. A letter of Schukowsky, Governor of Alexander II.
5. A fragment, autographic, of Gogol
6. The First Snow, a poem by Countess Rostopchine, (autographic.)
7. A fac simile from the Russian history of Karamzin; and,
8. An autographic remark by Schafarik.
I received these, last August, from Mr. Pogodin, a distinguished citizen of Moscow who requested me to present them to some national institute, or museum, in Washington. I ask you to acknowledge their receipt, and give such direction to them as in your judgment shall best fulfil the wishes of the donor.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Hon William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washinglon, D. C.