Mr. Seward to M. Bertthemy

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 28th ultimo, upon the subject of the proposed improvements in the systems of national coinage, looking to a practical international unification; and in reply to inform you that the matter will receive attentive consideration, and the views of the legislative and executive branches of this government will be communicated to that of France at the earliest practicable period.

The reports of the proceedings of the recent conferences are undergoing a careful examination by the Secretary of the Treasury, with a view to such recommendations being made to Congress as may seem called for at the next regular session of that body. The favorable impression created by the course pursued by the American delegate at the conferences above referred to is gratifying to this government.

I beg, sir, that you will accept renewed assurances of my highest consideration.


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