Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward.

No. 425.]

Sir: The senate and house of representatives adjourned sine die on the 25th instant, after voting almost unanimously the appropriations for improved guns for the army, and the authority asked by the government to make a loan of 60,000,000 francs. If not needed otherwise it is to be applied to public works.

It is probable that the chambers will be convoked in extra session in July, to act upon the plan of reorganization of the army, which the special commission is now engaged in preparing. Meanwhile the triennial elections, to renew half the members of the senate for the next Parliament, will be held on the 11th proximo. No important changes in the relative position of parties seems to be anticipated therefrom, save the probable election of two conservative senators at Antwerp in place of the two liberals who now represent it.

The King and Queen are still in Paris with their household.

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


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