Mr. Dix to Mr. Seward

No. 175.]

Sir: The Emperor received the diplomatic corps according to custom, to-day; after a very brief address by the Pope’s nuncio in behalf of himself and his associates, and an equally brief reply by his Imperial Majesty, the latter passed down the line, saluting each member of the corps with some words appropriate to the day, and now and then making a special remark to some one of them. To me he said:

“The President of the United States in his late message to Congress made a very pleasant reference to France, and I am very sensible of his kindness.”

I am, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,


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