Mr. Campbell to Mr. Seward

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of communication from F. W. Seward, esq., Acting Secretary of State, transmitting my commission as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States to the republic of Mexico, and to inform the Department of State that I accept the same. I enclose herewith the oath sent me, duly executed, &c.

I was born in the State of Ohio on the 9th day of August, 1811, and have always resided in that State. My present residence is in the city of Hamilton, Ohio.

I shall be ready to proceed to my mission on the first of July next, and sooner if the department desire it.

I am, sir, very truly, yours, &c.,


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

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Mr. Seward to Mr. Campbell

No. 1.]

Sir: The commission of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States near the government of the republic of Mexico having been accepted by you in your letter of the 23d instant, I transmit herewith your printed personal instructions in that character, a sealed letter accrediting you to his Excellency Don Benito Juarez, the President of the United Mexican States, the usual office copy of the same, and a special passport for yourself and suite.

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You will please inform the department of the date of your departure from your residence, of that of your arrival at the seat of the government of the republic of Mexico, and of your entrance upon your duties there.

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The department entertains the confidence that your intelligent and zealous attention to the interests of the United States, now confided to your care, will be eminently conducive to the harmony and friendly relations existing between the governments of the two countries.

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I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Lewis D. Campbell, Esq., &c., &c., Washington, D. C.