Mr. King to Mr. Seward.

No. 96.]

Sir: * * * * * * * * *

Rome is rapidly filling up with visitors, lay and clerical, from all parts of the world, attracted hither by the forthcoming ceremonies and solemnities in honor of the 18th centennial anniversary of St. Peter’s day. Some anxiety had been occasioned by the report that the cholera had made its appearance in Rome, but I am assured by the secretary of state, by the physician to the legation, and by other reliable authorities, that the cases thus far have been comparatively few in number, and all of a sporadic rather than an epidemic type.

The sovereign Pontiff continues in the enjoyment of excellent health, and receives to-day and to-morrow the felicitations of the diplomatic corps upon the recurrence of another anniversary of his coronation.

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


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