Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward

No. 262.]

Sir: The Moniteur of yesterday contains a note touching the expression of the sentiments of the King, of the Count de Flanders, of the minister of foreign [Page 86] affairs, and the cabinet, as well as the House of Representatives, with respect to the murderous attacks upon the life of the President and the Secretary of State. I enclose it herewith.

I have this day called upon the minister of foreign affairs to express my gratitude for the condolences of the King, and of the Count de Flanders, and to ask him to convey to his Majesty, and to his royal highness, the expression of it; I took occasion at the same time to offer my thanks to him and his colleagues for the evidence they had given for their sympathy on this occasion.

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


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

(For enclosures see Appendix, separate volume.)


The King ordered one of his aides-de-camp to go to Mr. Sanford’s and express to him the sorrow his Majesty felt at the news of the attacks on the President and Secretary of State of the United States of America. His highness the Count of Flanders also sends one of his aids to the minister, on the same mission. The minister of foreign affairs and other members of the cabinet, on their part, hastened to call on Mr. Sanford, and instructions were sent to the Belgium legation in Washington to express to the American government the sentiments of regret and condemnation excited by such odious acts.

In. the House session of yesterday Mr. Hardy de Beaulieu spoke in the most moving terms of the emotion produced in Belgium by the news of the tragic event which has just occurred in the United States. He called general attention to all the eminent virtues of President Lincoln.

Mr. de Hearne joined Mr. de Beaulieu in a eulogy of much beauty upon the character of the lamented President.

The minister of foreign affairs added, that the government sympathized sincerely in the sentiments just expressed by the honorable members, and that he had already despatched a communication of that effect to the government of the United States, and to their honorable representative in Brussels. He expressed the most fervent wishes for the recovery of the distinguished statesman, Mr. Seward, whose life was necessary to the final pacification of a country that had been so long ravaged by the desolation of war, and the prosperity of which was greatly desired by all friends of liberty.