Mr. Motley to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I send herewith a copy and translation of a note received from the imperial royal minister of foreign affairs.
It is in answer to the note which I addressed to him under instructions from the President of the United States, as modified in consequence of the changed circumstances, and after conversation with the minister, in order to express to his imperial royal Majesty the satisfaction of the President and of the people of the United States, that the attempt once believed to have been made upon the Emperor’s life at Prague had been frustrated.
As I have already explained the reasons of the slight departure I have ventured to make from my instructions, I have only to repeat my hope that my course may be approved.
I have the honor to remain, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. Wiliam H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.