Mr. Clay to Mr. Seward

No. 176.]

Sir: Since I have been at this court the death of no one outside of the imperial family has created so much regret as that of Prince Bazil Dolgorouky, who suddenly died on yesterday night. At near midnight his imperial Majesty and the Grand Duke Heritier hurried at once to the death scene. And to-day her imperial Majesty and the most distinguished perons in St. Petersburg attended the prayers for the departed prince. The funeral in state will take place Monday next. Prince Dolgorouky has been minister of war, and has filled many high offices in Russia, and at his death was aide-de-camp general and grand chamberlain to the Emperor, by whom, perhaps, he was most loved of all his subjects. Though at the head of the old aristocracy, and the center of the élite of Russian society, he was our most cordial and trusting friend. But a few days ago he, in conjunction with Count Strogonoff, the brother-in-law of his imperial Majesty, gave me their photographs and autographs, as [Page 467] souvenirs of their personal and political friendship; but he was, alas, the first to quit the scene of our long and most agreeable association. Such is life—and death!

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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