Mr. King to Mr. Seward.
Sir: On Friday last, the 22d instant, the Pope held a secret consistory at the Vatican, at which he pronounced an allocution, copies of which in Latin and in Italian I herewith transmit. The Pope at the same time appointed a number of bishops, and, among them, fourteen (14) for different Sees in the kingdom of Italy, vacant for some time past. It is supposed that this is one of the results of Signor Tonello’s recent mission. I hear it rumored that three new cardinals will shortly be created, and that one of them is to be assigned to the United States.
On Saturday last the carnival was opened with the customary ceremonies and an unustial display of troops. But though the corso presented its wonted gay appearance, the principal buildings being decorated with rich hangings, and the balconies filled with strangers, there was a marked absence of carriages and pedestrians from the street; the Roman people, as a general rule, taking no part in the festivities. This is said to have been in compliance with the advice or request of the Roman committee, who desired, in this indirect way, to manifest the popular disapprobation of the existing order of things. On the other hand, the presence of an unusual number of troops may be thought to betray on the part [Page 703] of the authorities an apprehension that advantage might be taken of the crowds, ordinarily attracted by the carnival, to excite some insurrectionary movement. Thus far, however, all remains quiet.
I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Hon William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.