Mr. Morris to Mr. Seward.

No. 274.]

Sir: The news of the election of General Grant to the Presidency of the United States was received here this day. I think it proper to report the fact that this event has given great satisfaction to the friends of the United States in this capital. It is regarded as a sure pledge for the future welfare of the republic, in the confidence that the same qualities which distinguished General Grant in the field, and which led to the triumph of the Union over its enemies, will be brought into the administration [Page 119] of the government, and will give to it new power for self-conservation at home, and for the maintenance of the national honor and interests abroad. The name and exploits of General Grant are well known and appreciated by the official world here; and they give reason to expect an administration which will extend American influence in Europe, and increase the influence and authority of the United States with foreign governments and communities.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


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