Mr. Seward to Mr. Bigelow
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of January 12, No. 241. It was accompanied by a correspondence which has taken place between yourself and the president of the French Association for the Abolition of Slavery.
The acknowledgments which are made by those distinguished gentlemen will be placed with pleasure among the archives of the United States, and they will in due time be published, as well in the interest of friendly relations with France as with regard to the progress of the cause of humanity.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
John Bigelow, Esq., &c., &c., &c.