Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward.
Sir: On the evening of the 29th ultimo I received a circular (inclosure No. 1) bearing date June 28, 1868, from the provisional government, announcing, as you will see by the translation of the same, (inclosure No. 2, herewith appended,) that they had organized, in accordance with the decree of General José Tadeo Monagas, chief of the revolutionary forces, published in El Federalista newspaper, No. 1,450, Caracas, June 27, 1868. A translation of that decree will be found in inclosure No. 3. Inclosure No. 4 contains my reply to the circular of the provisional government above referred to. It will be observed that I merely formally acknowledge the receipt of the circular, as I have not as yet received the formal and solemn assurances I require of the intentions of this government to carry out in good faith its treaties and conventions with foreign powers, [Page 947] particularly those with the United States. The revolution has been a great success.
I think its permanent triumph is sure. It undoubtedly represents the popular will.
The new government is composed of men of great ability and the highest personal character, chosen without distinction of party, who will administer the affairs of the nation in a constitutional, just, and republican manner.
Bruzual, I hear, has escaped from La Guayra to Puerto Cabello, with one or two war vessels and a few hundred men, with a view, I suppose, of establishing himself there. General Monagas is about to follow by the interior, with a large and well-equipped army, flushed with victory and confident of future triumphs.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.