Mr. Seward to Mr. Clay

No. 255]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of the 8th ultimo, relating to the proceedings adopted at St. Petersburg upon the reception of the intelligence of the attempt to assassinate his Majesty the Emperor of Russia, made at Paris.

The government and people of the United States were profoundly shocked on learning of that wicked attempt, and heartily congratulate the government and people of Russia upon the providential preservation of their wise and well-beloved sovereign.

I should be glad if you would make these sentiments known to the imperial government.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Cassius M. Clay, Esq., &c., &c., &c.