Mr. Bigelow to Mr. Seward.

No. 63.]

Since the publication of circular No. 19, relating to emigration, I have had numerous applications from persons desiring to emigrate, and also to take service in the army. The latter require information as to the places and terms of enlistment, the bounty, wages, &c. Could I be furnished with a short statement of the particulars on these points, I think I could so use it as to encourage some to go. It would be easy to raise whole regiments here, if any one had authority to pay the transportation, which is the great obstacle.

Yours, very respectfully,

JOHN BIGELOW, United States Consul.

Hon. William H. Seward.

[Circular, No. 19.]

To the Diplomatic and Consular officers of the United States in foreign countries:

At no former period of our history have our agricultural, manufacturing or mining interests been more prosperous than at this juncture. This fact may be deemed surprising in view of the enhanced price for labor, occasioned by the demand for the rank and file of the armies of the United States. It may, therefore, be confidently asserted that, even now, nowhere else can the industrious laboring man and artisan expect so liberal a recompense for his services as in the United States. You are authorized and directed to make these truths known in any quarter and in any way which may lead to the migration of such persons to this country. It is believed that a knowledge of them will alone suffice to cause them to be acted upon. The government has no legal authority to offer any pecuniary inducements to the advent of industrious foreigners.