Mr. Campbell to Mr. Seward

No. 5.]

Sir: I had just finished my despatch No. 3 to you, of this date, when a boat came off to our consul, Mr. Lane, who is still on board, bringing the enclosed proclamation published this morning in Vera Cruz, which I have only time to send you without translation by this mail.

From its tenor it appears that Maximilian has decided to remain in the country.

A note from the officer of the consulate to Mr. Lane states that Maximilian left Orizaba, it is supposed for the city of Mexico, last night.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


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


Long live the empire!Long live the emperor!

Vera Cruzans: One of the most grateful events for good Mexicans has just occurred to the nation. His majesty the emperor, who has made so many sacrifices for the welfare and happiness of our dear country, has given the best proof of the interest he takes in it.

When overwhelmed by the natural feelings which were still contending and still are so in his mind in consequence of the ill-health of his august and noble spouse, our beloved sovereign, he thought for a moment that he ought temporarily to abandon the country, to devote himself to fulfilling the sacred duty of offering to his worthy consort the care she so much needs in the delicate condition in which she is, the emperor sacrifices himself for us, postpones his duties as a man to those which his honor points out to him to be controlling, and, in these critical moments, that the country may pass safely through, he solemnly declares that he will continue at the helm, and will contest without intermission until the last drop of his blood be shed in defence of the nation.

Vera Cruzans! Let us rejoice; let us give thanks to Providence for having saved the integrity of our territory, and with full outpouring of our hearts let us hail the day of the resurrection of our nationality on the eve of its disappearing.