Mr. Ewing to Mr. Seward.

No. 38.]

Sir: * * * * * *

I am in receipt of a communication from Mr. Roest Van Limburg, late minister of foreign affairs ad interim, in which he informs me that his Majesty has appointed him minister of foreign affairs, to date from September 1st.

I am also in receipt from his excellency of two other communications, in one of which, in the name of his government, he acknowledges the receipt of a copy of the “Tributes of the Nations to Abraham Lincoln,”

presented by the department, and eulogizes the devotion of the late President to the cause of liberty and union, expressing especial pleasure in its reception inasmuch as he had been the interpreter to our government of the sentiments of affliction and sympathy which animated the government [Page 492] and the people of his country; and begs me in conclusion to convey to my government the thanks of the government of his King for the highly prized gift.

In the other he acknowledges the receipt of a copy of the same work presented to himself, and begs to send through this legation to the department his sincere thanks.

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


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