No. 223.
Mr. Peirce to Mr. Fish.

No. 157.]

Sir: His Majesty the King is quite ill in health and has secluded himself from his ministers and the performance of public duties. Official business is at a stand-still, so far as requires action on his part.

No immediate danger of the King’s decease is, however, apprehended; but should the event take place, a crisis in the political affairs of the kingdom is anticipated therefrom.

The United States ship St. Marys, Commander Harris, is still in port; to sail for Sitka on the 1st August.

In case it should appear necessary for the protection of American interests here, I may officially request Commander Harris to remain for a longer period.

With respect, &c.,