Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward

No. 39.]

Sir: I have the gratification to report that the cholera has almost entirely disappeared from those parts of Egypt in which it has lately prevailed. For several days past no deaths from the disease have been reported in Alexandria, and by the latest daily report received, the number at Cairo was only five. From the villages the reports are equally favorable. There are, however, unhappily, rumors of the outbreak of the malady in upper Egypt which had previously been exempted. I shall take an early occasion to send you a completion of the tables of mortality enclosed in my last despatch.

His Highness the Pacha returned to Alexandria from his sea voyage, which has extended as far as Constantinople, on the 3d instant, and proceeded to Cairo [Page 328] the same day. On the 3d instant also arrived in Egypt Colonel Stanton, the successor of Sir Robert Colquhoun, as agent and consul general of Great Britain.

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


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.