Mr. Seward to Mr. Harrington.

No. 35.]

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of the 22d of July last, No. 61. It contains a sequel of proceedings in the case of John Hürlimann of Philadelphia, a minor claimant of certain moneys in the hands of Oberentfelden, Canton Aargau, as the property of his deceased mother. Your communication to the federal council upon that subject was discreet and proper. The decision of the federal council was clearly just, and furnishes a new proof of the wisdom as well as of the friendship of the Swiss government for the United States.

The successful result of the whole proceeding must be especially satisfactory to the claimant, while it is gratifying in a national view to the United States. It is the more gratifying, for the reason that the solution has been reached by the Swiss government, acting independently and without any unfairness or want of liberality on the part of the government of the United States.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


George Harrington, Esq., &c., &c., &c.