Mr. Seward to Mr. Stanton.

Sir: The consul of the United States at Paris represents, that if officers of his class in Europe were to be furnished with full particulars of the bounty paid by this government to volunteers, and when, where, and how soon after enlisting, it could be touched, a considerable emigration to this country would result, especially from those ports whence the bounty money would defray the expense of the voyage. I will consequently thank you for full information on these points, and also as to the pay of the volunteers, in order that the same may be imparted by consuls in Europe, in such manner as may not in the least degree conflict with any local law against enlistments of troops for service in foreign countries.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War.