Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward
Sir: The news of the capture of Richmond and rout of Lee is generally received here as a certain indication of the collapse of the rebellion.
A deputation consisting of the chairman, M. Picard, officers and other participants of a public meeting of Belgians held in this city, preceded by music and the flags of the United States and Belgium and followed by a large procession with torchlights, came to this legation on the evening of the 22dto present an address of congratulation upon this event.
I enclose a copy of the address, and also of my reply (A) and rough translations of each, (B and C.)
In response to the serenade which followed, and the enthusiastic cheers of the immense crowd which had accompanied the deputation, I appeared at the balcony and thanked them for their congratulations. Although what I said would appear too insignificant to bear repetition, I annex D, in accordance with general instructions—verbatim in translation—the few words I said to the assembled multitude.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward,
Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.