Mr. Rhodes to Mr. Seward

No. 5.]

Sir: The apprehensions which were entertained here at the date of my last despatch, in reference to an approaching crisis of the Luxembourg and colonial questions, seem to have subsided since the election of the members of the second chamber. In the excitement of the contest, when every influence was used, an importance was doubtless attached to these questions which they did not possess.

The address of the King, which was read at the opening of the new chamber, contains nothing of especial interest. Since the election, both parties in this body claim a majority, but their relative strength will not be ascertained until a dividing or party question is raised. The number of the supporters of the ministry in the chamber is greater than was anticipated it would be previous to the elections, and it is possible, by skilful combinations, the present ministry may remain.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ALBERT RHODES. Chargé d’ Affaires.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.