Mr. John C. Wright to Mr. Seward.

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Sir: * * * * * * *

The German plenipotentiaries have brought their conferences to a close. The protocol has been signed, and they have returned to their homes, to reassemble at the King’s request at the opening of the parliament of the North on the 24th instant.

The “ Landtag” was prorogued on the 9th instant by the King in person. His Majesty expressed satisfaction for the aid given the government by the chambers, and hoped that the differences which had existed between them and the Crown might not reoccur. “ By appropriating the necessary means for the army and navy you made known your resolution to preserve what has been acquired, to recognize what has been obtained by the policy of my government, supported by the superiority and tried bravery of my army.” His Majesty closed by saying:

The draft of a constitution for North Germany having been accepted by all the States participating, leads me to hope that the German people will obtain upon a basis of a united organization such as Germany has hitherto vainly striven for during centuries of conflict, those blessings to which it is called by Providence, through its natural power and march of civilization, as soon as it can maintain peace at home and abroad.

I shall regard it as the crowning glory of my reign that God has called me to make use of the power of my people, strong in its fidelity, valor, and civilization, for the re-establishment of an enduring unity of the German people and their sovereigns.

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


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