Mr. Dayton to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I enclosed you by the despatch bag yesterday a copy of the “Constitutionnel” containing an article (marked) of a very obnoxious character.
That article, as you will observe if you have had time to look it over, advocates the policy of France making common cause with England against us. It looks likewise to the early recognition, by France and Great Britain, of the south as an independent power. The Constitutionnel is understood here to have a semi-official character. * * * * * * * I intended to have said this to you yesterday, but time failed me.[Page 308]
General Scott will have arrived in the United States doubtless before this despatch; will you say to him that I last evening received a note from Mr. Thouvenel, naming two o’clock to-day to receive him; at which hour I attended at the foreign office and returned his thanks, &c.
Mr. Thouvenel was quite disappointed at not seeing him, and said that the Emperor had promptly assented to give him a private interview. I explained at the same time that his departure for his own country had been sudden and unexpected. The general’s letter, as I have heretofore said, has made here a good impression. The belief is that he is peacefully disposed, and I have no doubt that his sudden return to the United States will be considered as having been made in the hope of exercising a mollifying influence upon the temper and policy of his countrymen. It is well that it should be so.
I have the honor to be, with much respect, your obedient servant,
His Excellency William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.