Mr. Dickinson to Mr. Seward.

No. 153.]

Sir: Your dispatches, Nos. 108 to 110, have been received.

The three copies of the book entitled “Tributes of the Nations to Abraham Lincoln,” have also been received.

That which was directed to the government of Nicaragua I presented to the President in person, explaining the character of the book and the object of its presentation. The President, who was personally known to Abraham Lincoln, was visibly affected by the reminiscences which the interview called forth, and expressed in feeling terms his grateful appreciation of so valuable a book, containing as it did the affectionate sentiments of the whole civilized world in regard to the greatest and best of men. He desired also that his kindliest sentiments and congratulations might be conveyed to the honored Secretary of State and the Assistant Secretary, who so miraculously survived the attempted assassination.

Of the other two copies, I have presented one to Señor Basilis Salivas, who held the position of minister of foreign affairs at the time of the death of President Lincoln, and the other I have retained for myself.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,


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