Privy Councillor König to Mr. Bancroft..
I have the honor, in pursuance of our understanding, to transmit respectfully to your excellency the inclosed project for a treaty.
I beg you to consider this project as a suggestion merely, not binding, as I have not yet submitted it to Count Bismarck, and have received as yet no instructions respecting it.
With sentiments of the most distinguished consideration,
You excellency’s obedient servant,