Mr. Motley to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have had the honor to receive your despatch No. 207, of November 16th, in which you inform me that the President instructs me to ask an audience of his Majesty the Emperor, in order to congratulate him in the name of the United States upon his providential escape from an attempted assassination. Since my despatch No. 211, of October 31st, relating to that event, the process against the accused person has not been terminated. I am very happy to say, however, that the impressions prevalent at the first moment at the imperial royal foreign office, and among the public at large, have now been very much modified.
I have just received information from the imperial royal ministry of foreign affairs that the judicial investigations made thus far, in regard to the case, are highly unfavorable to the accuser, that the tale is now disbelieved, and that the acquittal of the supposed criminal is highly probable.
As the process at Prague is not yet ended, I have not alluded again to the subject in my despatches, preferring to wait until I could send an exact and authentic account of the trial and of its result.[Page 552]
Meantime, after receiving the above-mentioned instructions of the President, I have, after consultation with the imperial royal minister of foreign affairs, taken the liberty of so far departing from them, in consequence of the change in circumstances from those which existed when my first despatch was written, as to omit asking for the audience suggested; but to express the sentiments of the President and of the people of the United States in a note to the minister.
I send herewith a copy of that note, and trust that it may meet the approval of the President. Such answer as may be received by me will, of course, be at once forwarded to you.
I have the honor to remain, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.