Mr. Wright to Mr. Seward.
Sir : The Luxemburg question has been the all-absorbing topic of conversation during the past few days, especially among the members of the Reichstag. On Monday Vice-President Bennigsen, on behalf of the Liberal party, asked the Prussian cabinet what truth there was in the various rumors concerning the cession by Holland of Luxemburg to France. Count Bismarck replied at once to the inquiry. (See enclosed memorandum of the points in his remarks.)
Probably no event would so tend to hasten the deliberations of the Parliament, or unify the German people, as much as a movement to cede a foot of what they consider their territory to a foreign power, and especially when that power is France. There are signs that since last year the feeling of animosity among the Germans towards the French has been increasing, and a war at this time against Napoleon would be more popular even than the war of last summer against Austria.
From what has taken place in Berlin between the Russian minister and the Prussian foreign office, it may be conceded that an understanding if not an actual treaty exists between the two cabinets concerning the eastern question and internal affairs of Germany.
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I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.