Mr. Dayton to Mr. Seward

No. 282.]

Sir: I have the honor to enclose you herewith a translation of a communication received from the foreign office, and which relates to matter contained in your despatch No. 227, of September 30th last.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


His Excellency William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c.


Monsieur the minister of the United States, by order of his government, communicated to Mr. Drouyn de l’Huys, in the month of November last, a despatch from the Secretary of State, of Washington, relative to the facilities which foreign governments might, under the present circumstances, find for recruiting for their colonies willing workmen amongst the great number of blacks who reside in a state of liberty upon the federal territory. The minister of foreign affairs of the Emperor has been obliged, before thinking of following up the overtures which were addressed to him upon this occasion, to demand of the legation of his Majesty at Washington certain indispensable information upon different points of detail connected with this question. Mr. Drouyn de l’Huys, consequently, is not able to give to Mr. Dayton the answer which he has expressed the desire of obtaining so long as this expected information shall not be transmitted by Mr. Mercier, and he can only confine himself, therefore, for the present, to making known to him this circumstance.