Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn.
Sir: I have your dispatch of the 9th of July, No. 7½. It contains an interesting account of the demonstrations which took place on the occasion of the anniversary of American independence, and also of the ceremonies which occurred on the succeeding day, namely, the 5th of July, which is the anniversary of Venezuelean independence.
These observances, which show that a lively interest in the cause of republican institutions is entertained by the people of Venezuela, are [Page 964] peculiarly gratifying. It is sincerely hoped that the expectations of peace, prosperity, and order, which were expressed by you on a later occasion, may prove to be well founded.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Erastus C. Pruyn, Esq., &c., &c., &c.