Mr. Bigelow to Mr. Seward

No. 273.]

Sir: I have the honor to enclose copies of a note which I addressed to his excellency the minister of foreign affairs on the 12th instant, and of his reply, in reference to the authenticity of the letter purporting to have been written by Marshal Bazaine to the commander-in-chief of the Juarist army of the centre, enclosed with my despatch to you of the same date, No. 271.

I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.

Mr. Bigelow to Mr. de Lhuys

Sir: I have the honor to transmit to your excellency a copy of the Opinion Nationale of the 11th instant, for the purpose of directing your excellency’s attention to a communication which appears in its columns, purporting to have been written by Marshal Bazaine, commander-in-chief of the French army in Mexico.

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If perfectly convenient, will your excellency have the goodness to inform me whether there is any room for questioning the authenticity of that communication?

I have the honor to be, very truly, your excellency’s very obedient and very humble servant,


His Excellency M. Drouyn de Lhuys, Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Mr. Drouyn de Lhuys to Mr. Bigelow

Sir: I have received your request for information with which you honored me yesterday, about the authenticity of a letter of ?Marshal Bazaine, but I am not able to furnish you the information required.

Accept the assurances of the high consideration with which I have the honor to be your very humble and obedient servant,


Mr. Bigelow, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States, &c.