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in this state. The speeches which were made on these occasions are presented in this volume under the title of EXECUTIVE SPEECHES.

Under the head of POLITICAL WRITINGS, will be found a number of Addresses written by Mr. SEWARD at different times, explaining the principles and action of the political party to which he was attached, and exposing the errors of the opposite party.

The GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE which has been collected in this volume forms an interesting portion of its contents. This correspondence includes many private letters on important topics, relating to Politics, Internal Improvements, Slavery, and Education. These letters, of which many were written with no expectation of their being made public, afford additional proofs of the remarkable consistency of Mr. SEWARD's public and private life.

The LETTERS FROM EUROPE have been selected from a series which appeared in the “ Albany Evening Journal of 1834. This series originally contained about seventy letters, all of them possessing more than ordinary interest; but the limits of this volume have obliged us to be content with a brief selection.

The SPEECHES IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, in this vol. ume, embrace the Speeches which Mr. SEWARD delivered in the Senate at the close of the XXXIId Congress. The larger portion of his speeches and debates in that body will be found in the first volume, which had gone to press before the delivery of those herewith presented.

The ENGRAVING in this volume presents a view of the residence of Governor SEWARD at Auburn. It will be recognised by hosts of Mr. SEWARD's friends, as the abode of domestic comfort and genuine hospitality. Madame Pulszky, in her recent book of travels in America,* thus describes it:

“We spent Saturday and Sunday at the pleasant home of Governor Seward. He was detained at Washington, but Mrs.

* "Sketches of American Society," by FRANCIS and THERESA PULSZKY, vol. ii., p. 209 Redfield: New York.

Seward has welcomed and entertained us with her own amiable cordiality.

“The mansion — furnished with comfortable simplicity — is adorned by the elegant neatness which pervades it in every room, in every corner. An ample and carefully-selected library, family portraits, with a striking likeness of John Quincy Adams, cover the walls. Nothing in this house is luxurious, nothing superfluous, but every want is provided for with good taste, and every object offers immediate use or presents interesting associations. The foliage of ancient trees shades our windows, and allures us to step down into the garden, whose fragrance fills the rooms. Well-kept arbors line the walls; the air is perfumed by Narcissuses, hyacinths, and syringas, around which cluster rich garlands of tulips and lovely Cupid-arrows. In these pleasant grounds we meet the members of the family who are now staying at Auburn: the little daughter of Mrs. Seward, and her nephew, to whom she has been a mother; his sweet young wife, and Mrs. Worden, Mrs. Seward's sister.”

THE EDITOR. WILLIAMSBURGH, L L, March 16, 1868.

CONTENTS OF VOL. III.

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