Mr. Yeaman to Mr. Seward.
Sir: The following is a translation of the response made by the King of Denmark to the address voted by the Rigsdag, a copy of which I enclosed in my No. 79, of 7th instant:
We thank the Rigsdag for the unanimous accord with which in its address it has adopted the views which we have expressed in our opening speech, upon our external situation. This accord which reigns among our people will strengthen our government in the persevering efforts which it makes, to consolidate, so far as is within its power, our friendly foreign relations, and to avoid real difficulties without sowing the seeds of new complications and new conflicts.
The expression of a desire to avoid sowing the seeds of new complications and difficulties may be considered an exact and definite indication of the policy that will be insisted upon by the government of Denmark in reference to the demand by Prussia for special guarantees for the German population in North Schleswig.
Touching that matter I herewith enclose the French text of an address signed and published by four hundred and twenty-six Germans domiciled in North Schleswig.
The document itself is the only information I have on the subject which it discusses. [Page 662] Whether it has been in any [manner] partially influenced, or whether it is be considered a fair representation of the feelings and opinions of the Germans residing within the disputed territory, I have had no indication.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.