Mr. Yeaman to Mr. Seward.

No. 174.]

Sir: Yesterday the Rigsdag voted an address in response to and in harmony with the King’s speech at the opening of that body. In the Landsthing, or upper chamber, the vote was unanimous. In the Folkething, or lower house, it was moved to amend so as simply to congratulate the King on the betrothal of the crown prince with the princess of Sweden, without expressing any expectation of great and beneficial results from this union of the two royal families; and also, in reference to the matter of North Schleswig and the treaty of Prague, to avoid the use of the word hope or its equivalent, and simply to express a desire or wish for auspicious results, without expressing or relinquishing any expectation thereof. These amendments were rejected by a vote of two to one, so that the address, as voted and presented, is in perfect accord with the royal speech. Viewing the speech as the result of ministerial advice and consultation, this action of the Rigsdag may be taken as proof of present entire harmony between the cabinet and the representatives of the people.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


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