Mr. Seward to Mr. Sanford

No. 158.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 29th of December has been received.

We learn with pleasure that on the continent the President’s message is generally accepted as proving the confidence of the people of the United States in their ability to overcome the resistance of slavery, and to preserve their national Union.

The military and political incidents which have occurred since the message was transmitted to Congress tend to confirm the favorable impression which has thus been made.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Henry S. Sanford, &c., &c., Brussels.