Mr. Seward to Mr. Williams.

No. 18.]

Sir: Your dispatch No. 17, of February 6, has been received, and is exceedingly interesting.

The extracts from the President’s message to congress, and the report of the minister of foreign relations and public instructions accompanying it, exhibit the progressive condition of that republic, and furnish [Page 925]gratifying proofs of the earnest disposition of the government to improve the material, moral, and educational advancement of its people.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

Alpheus S. Williams, Esq., &c., &c., &c.