Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward

No. 34.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that since the date of my last despatch the mortality by cholera at this place has increased.

The number of deaths since my last report, according to the daily official bulletins communicated to me by the Intendance Sanitaire, has been as follows:

19th, one hundred and one; 20th, one hundred and fifty-nine; 21st, one hundred and forty-five; 22d, one hundred and fifty-nine; 23d, one hundred and forty-one; 24th, one hundred and eighty-three; 25th, one hundred and ninety-three; 26th, two hundred and eight.

Many persons entertain the impression that the actual number of deaths exceed that thus reported.

The alarm is in nowise abated, and the outgoing steamers continue to be crowded with passengers.

The malady has made its appearance at Cairo. No official reports are made of the deaths there. We hear also of its ravages in the other inland towns and the villages.

There have been many deaths among the European shipping in the harbor.

When the disease first made its appearance there were two American vessels in port; one of them has since sailed. They have happily been spared, and I am glad to be able to say again, under this later date, that no case has occurred in the American community.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.