Mr. Corwin to Mr. Seward.

No. 17.]

SIR: * * * * * * * * * * * *

The president has this moment sent the “oficial mayor” of the state department to inform me that the preliminary treaty alluded to in my despatch (No. 16) has been signed—embracing the three propositions named in that despatch. It is further stipulated that the allied troops may remove their encampment from the sickly climate of Vera Cruz, and establish themselves in Orizaba, Cordova, and Tehuacan; and as soon as they leave their encampment at Vera Cruz, the Mexican flag shall be hoisted there, and Mexican jurisdiction restored. The commissioners of the, three powers are to meet the commissioners of Mexico, at Orizaba, to arrange definite treaties with each of them. Thus the European intervention, with a small degree of prudence on the part of Mexico, will end in entire satisfaction of all foreign claims, and produce substantial good to this country.


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States, Washington.

A, with No. 17.]

R. Preciat to N. L. Wilson.

Sir: I had the honor on the fifth of this month to receive your official note as consul of the United States in the city of Tabasco, informing me of your desire of being acquainted with anything that may happen in this port relative to the southern vessels that can have any commercial operations against the government which we both serve. I feel it my duty, sir, in this intelligence, to inform you that we have only had in our port (since the south and north are divided) one small schooner, the Lizzie Mezik, arriving in a very bad state, and having lost at sea one mast, bringing, nevertheless, the whole of her cargo. I could not have any kind of intervention in this affair.

The government of this state disposed, at petition of the captain, of said schooner, that the whole cargo should be transported off on a Mexican schooner, the Amita, which has sailed for Havana a few days ago. Said schooner sailed from Mobile with direction to Havana, but was obliged, as I have said before, to arrive at this port on account of the bad state of the vessel. She still lays in our port, and bears the flag of the southern confederation.

It will be with the greatest pleasure, sir, that I will keep a constant correspondence with you, and I hope you will honor me at every opportunity with some of the commercial and political affairs of Tabasco.

I am, sir, yours, very respectfully,

R. PRECIAT, United States Consul.

N. L. Wilson, Esq., United States Consul, Tabasco.

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