Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward.

No. 481.]

Sir: The house of representatives adjourned sine die on the 18th. The senate is now in session, but has about terminated its labors.

The only act of special importance of this Parliament is the law for [Page 78] the reorganization of the army, reported to you at the time of its passage.

On the 9th proximo elections take place to provide for the removal of one-half the members of the house, where terms expire at that date. There is nothing to indicate any change of importance in the present condition of parties. The provincial elections which were held four days ago would so imply. Great interest was felt in those elections at Antwerp, and there appears to have been expectation on the part of the liberals that a change would be wrought in the representation of that city. The result, as indicating that the local and persistent opposition to the government that has characterized the representation of Antwerp is to be continued, is, I have not doubt, a source of considerable disappointment to it.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,


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