No. 425.
Mr. Hoffman to Mr. Evarts.

No. 100.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 48, in reference to the attempt upon the life of the Emperor, and to say that I have to-day addressed a note upon this subject to Prince Gortchakoff, a copy of which I beg to inclose.

I have the honor, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 100.]

Mr. Hoffman to Prince Gortchakoff.

Prince: On the 3d-15th April I had the honor to inform your highness that I had received a telegraphic communication from my government instructing me to convey to His Majesty the Emperor the cordial congratulations of the President and people of the United States upon his providential escape.

I am now in receipt of a written dispatch upon the same subject, in which to his previous telegram Mr. Evarts adds:

“The appreciation entertained in this country of His Majesty’s exalted character as the wise and firm friend and protector of the great Russian people, has greatly intensified the satisfaction which would naturally follow his escape from the bullets of the assassin. The President, calling to mind the expression of the deep sympathy of His Imperial Majesty, which was conveyed by Prince Gortchakoff to the minister of the United States at St. Petersburg, on the assassination which, upon the 14th day of April, 1865, plunged the American people and the world into mourning, tenders in return his especial congratulations upon His Majesty’s providential escape,”

May I ask your highness to take an early opportunity to convey these sentiments to His Majesty?

I take, &c.,