Mr. Ewing to Mr. Seward.
I have the honor to inclose the speech delivered in person by the King of Holland at the last opening of the Dutch Chambers, and to announce the recent death of the highly esteemed minister of justice of the Netherlands, Mr. Boret.
The feeling aroused in Belgium by the barrage of the Scheldt has in, great measure subsided, owing to the opinion having gained ground that no damage to navigation is likely to result. The coolness between the governments of Holland and Belgium, caused by the barrage, has yielded to this opinion, and to the desire to place their countries in position to present a united front against the absorption of either. In union they seek strength.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.