Mr. Morris to Mr. Seward.

No. 268.]

Sir: Admiral Farragut sailed from this port with the Franklin and Frolic, the 29th instant, for the Piræus, On the 26th instant he gave an entertainment to the diplomatic corps in his flag-ship, and on the 27th the grand vizier, Aali Pasha, and the minister of foreign affairs, Fuad Pasha, made him an official visit on the part of the Sultan, to express the regrets of his Majesty for his inability to visit him on board the Franklin. They breakfasted with the admiral and inspected minutely the vessel. They expressed their admiration of the construction and equipment of the ship in the strongest terms.

The Turkish authorities have shown every possible civility to the admiral during his stay here. Among other acts of signal courtesy on the part of the Sultan was that of ordering Ali Viza Bey, introducer of ambassadors, to place himself at the disposition of the admiral, in order to facilitate his visit to the government establishments and to other objects of interest in the capital. * * * * *

I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,


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