Mr. Yeaman to Mr. Seward.

No. 69.]

Sir: Yesterday, the 25th anniversary of the marriage of their Majesties the King and Queen of Denmark was celebrated in this capital, with very great interest and with many and very marked manifestations of loyalty to the government and to the persons of the royal family. The ovations during the day could not have been otherwise than extremely gratifying to them. In the evening a grand soiree was given at Christianburg Palace, attended by between two and three thousand invited guests. No minute and detailed description of such festivities could be of interest to the department, and, besides the vast numbers and elaborate preparations, it varied in little from other distinguished entertainments, except in the pleasure afforded the members of the diplomatie corps of being presented to his Majesty the King of the Greeks, a very young man, of easy and popular manners, and his Imperial Highness the Grand Duke of Russia, much admired for his magnificent person and frank, open countenance. Very general regret was expressed at the absence of the Prince and Princess of Wales, caused by the sickness of the Princess. The felicity which the King and Queen must find, as parents, in having their children sought for and settled in such brilliant and distinguished alliances, was much commented upon, and the hope was expressed that they may live to celebrate with as much generous hospitality their “golden” as they have their “silver” wedding.

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I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


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