Count Wydenbruck to Mr. Seward,.
The Austrian agricultural society, under the patronage of his imperial highness, the Archduke Charles Louis, has determined to open an exhibition for agricultural and woodland machines next year in Vienna, like the one held there in 1857, the result of which was to open an extensive market in Austria for English agricultural machines. The increasing demand for agricultural machines in Austria, and the great reputation of American machines in that country, on account of their strength and the simplicity of their construction, induce the society to wish to see that branch of American manufactures worthily represented in the exhibition of 1866, convinced that such a participation will benefit Austrian agriculture and American industry.
With this object in view, Prince Schwarzenberg, president of the society, which reckons several Austrian archdukes and the largest landholders of the empire among its numbers, requests the government of the United States to use its influence with the different State societies for the encouragement of agriculture, and the manufactories of agricultural and woodland machines to induce them to take part in our exhibition.
The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of his Majesty the Emperor of Austria, has the honor to transmit herewith Prince Schwarzenberg’s letter and the programme of the exhibition to the honorable Mr. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States, and obeys an order of his court in requesting him to use his good offices for the success of an enterprise intended to be of mutual advantage to the two countries.
The undersigned, in sending with the present many copies of the programme and advertising samples, in case the honorable Mr. Seward chooses to make use of them for the benefit of the exhibition, takes this occasion to reiterate the expression of his most distinguished consideration.
Hon William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.