Mr. Seward to M. Berthemy

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 9th instant, enclosing a note relative to the application of a new code of signals transmitted by you to this department on the 28th of September last, and also to the establishment of an electro-semaphoric service on the coasts of France. In reply, I have the honor to state that a translation of your communication and of its accompaniment has been submitted for the information of the Secretary of the Treasury, to whose consideration I have already referred a copy of the code in question. In compliance with your request, the attention of that officer has been recalled to the latter matter, with a view to ascertain whether any decision has been made as to the expediency of the adoption of these commercial signals by the government of the United States.

Accept, sir, a renewed assurance of my very high consideration.


M. Berthemy, &c., &c., &c.