Mr. Clay to Mr. Seward

No. 150.]

Sir: I have the honor to enclose you the note of Prince Gortchacow, marked A, in response to my note of congratulation upon the escape of the Emperor from assassination at Paris.

Very truly, your obedient servant,


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


Prince Gortchacow to Mr. Clay

The undersigned, chancellor of the empire, hastened to place before his Majesty the Emperor the note; dated the 9th-21st of July, by which General Clay, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America of the North, was charged to make known to him the sentiments of the government and the nation of America upon the occasion of the attempt of the 6th of June last upon his Imperial Majesty’s life, and the providential favor of which he was so widely the subject.

The undersigned fulfils the express order of his august master in praying General Clay to be kind enough to transmit to his government, in the name of his Majesty the Emperor, the thanks of his Imperial Majesty for this evidence of cordial and (“chaleureuse”) warm sympathy.

He seizes at the same time the occasion to renew to General Clay the assurance of his very distinguished consideration.