Minister of France to Mr. Burton .
The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of his Majesty the Emperor, has received the note of to-day by which his excellency Mr. Allan A. Burton, minister of the United States of America, has made known to him the death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union.
The undersigned has learned with feelings of the most profound regret of this sorrowful event, which happened under circumstances rendering it, if possible, still more afflicting. The minister of the Emperor loses no time in praying his excellency Mr. Allan A. Burton, minister of the United States of America, to freely accept the sincere expression of the pain the legation of his Majesty the Emperor has experienced, and to assure him that he will perform the duty of uniting with the representatives of the United States of America in hoisting the flag of the empire at half-mast through to-morrow.
The undersigned takes this sad occasion to renew to his excellency the assurances of his high consideration and esteeem.
His Excellency Mr. Allan A. Burton,
Minister of the United States of America, &c., &c., &c.