Mr. Ewing to Mr. Seward

No. 14.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of the 31st ultimo, No. 12.

Since my last despatch on the subject the rinderpest has virtually disappeared from Holland. Still I would recommend that for many months to come the precautions against its introduction from this country be continued.

The authorities have arrived at the conclusion that the only effectual mode to meet the pest is by prompt and unsparing slaughter of cattle in the vicinity where it makes its appearance.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,


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