Mr. Bancroft to Mr. Seward.

No. 84.]

Sir: The change in title of the Austrian Emperor and empire, of which I gave you notice in my No. 72, in advance of all information from other quarters, has now been officially announced. The new titles recognize the co-ordinate character of Austria and Hungary. Henceforward the Emperor’s title is, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, &c., and Apostolic King of Hungary. The &c. in the title marks the division between Cis-Leithania and Trans-Leithania. The shorter title is Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary, or his Majesty the Emperor and King, or his Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty. The collective kingdoms and lands are named, alternately, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian empire. These names will appear in our naturalization treaty, if we succeed in making one, and I have instituted such preliminary inquiries as will soon determine whether such a treaty can be made.

I remain, sir, yours sincerely,


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