Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward

No. 254.]

Sir: I telegraphed you on the 23d instant, via Queenstown, as follows:

“Moniteur announces an indisposition, not without gravity, of the King.”

Yesterday’s bulletin at the palace states: “The King contracted in England a severe bronchitis; great prostration has followed; condition this morning more satisfactory.”

This morning’s bulletin announces “less prostration of strength, but the cough was more frequent during the night.”

The bulletins since have stated that his condition has ameliorated, but he has been in a very critical state, and cannot yet be considered out of danger. His natural robust health has carried him through an attack which would have proved fatal to most men.

I believe it is expected that the Duke de Brabant will reach Suez this week on his return from China.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.