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United States Department of State / Papers relating to foreign affairs, accompanying the annual message of the president to the second session thirty-eighth congress
(1864)

Belgium,   pp. 226-266 PDF (15.5 MB)


Page 227

DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENCE 
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The King's discourse, though mainly devoted to internal affairs, is interesting,
and gives evidence of the continued prosperity of Belgium. 
I am, sir, your obedient servant, 
WILLIAM H. SEWARD. 
HENRY S... SANFORD, Esq., Jr., 4'c., 4c., Brussels. 
Mr. Seward to Mr. Sanford, 
No. 125.]                        DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, December 17,1863. 
SIR: Your despatch of the 19th of November, No. 161, has been received. It
is accompanied by information that Great Britain, after deliberate consideration,
has declined to enter the congress proposed by the Emperor of the French.
The 
President sincerely hopes that the apprehensions of war in Europe, that attend
the agitation of the Emperor's suggestion, may not be realized. If the great
maritime powers could now see the expediency of rdvoking their recognition
of 
the American insurgents as a naval belligerent, they would hasten the return
of peace in this hemisphere. If they themselves are going to engage in war
in 
their own hemisphere, I think they will soon find occasion to regret the
positions 
they have assumed in regard to the civil war which distresses the American
continent. 
I am, sir, your obedient servant, 
WILLIAM H. SEWARD. 
HENRY S. SANFORD, Esq., 4yc., 4v., y.., Brussels. 
Mr. Seward to Mr. Sanford. 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, July 16, 1864. 
My DEAR SiR: I thank you for your note of the 27th of June. I think 
M1. Thiers is right. Our enemies in Europe want us divided, and thus de-
stroyed. They will not by intervention drive us into closer union and increased
vigor. 
I am, my dear sir, your obedient servant, 
WILLIAM H. SEWARD. 
HENRY S. SANFORD, Esq., 4r., 4 t., 4v., Brussels. 
Mr. Seward to Mr. Sanford. 
No. 134.]                          DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, July 16, 1864. 
SIR: Your despatch of- June 28, No. 195, has been received, and your pro-
ceedings therein related are approved. I-feel an assurance that our interests
in Europe will derive much benefit from your return to your post. Your de-
spatch gives me my first information of the arrival of the Niagara at Antwerp.
I 
hope soon to hear of the Iroquois in European waters. If our diplomatic and
consular agents shall keep the naval commanders well advised of the movements


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