Mr. Seward to M. Berthemy

Sir: I Have the honor to recur to your note of the 28th of August last, in relation to the deliberation of the international conferences which have been, held at Paris recently, having in view the adoption of measures which will secure a practical unification of the coinage of the world, and I beg your attention and that of your government to the enclosed copy of a letter of the 26th [Page 357]ultimo from the Hon. Hugh McCulloch, the Secretary of the Treasury, expressive of his views and intentions in relation to this interesting and important question.

Accept, sir, a renewed assurance of my highest consideration.


M. Berthemt, &c., &c., &c.

Mr. McCulloch to Mr. Seward

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th instant, enclosing the translation of the note form M. Berthed, the minister of France, addressed to you, embodying the result of the proceedings of the international monetary conference which assembled at Paris on the 17th June last, to discuss the subject of the unification of the different monetary systems of the different nations of the globe, and to lay down a basis for future conferences. This conference proposes by means of diplomatic conventions to secure a uniform system of coinage in value, differing only in name and superscription, of exclusive gold standard, nine hundred (.900) fine, the unit to be the weight of the five-franc piece.

I heartily congratulate the conference upon the result of its labors, and do not doubt that from its discussions will result hereafter an international system of coinage so simple that the commercial values of foreign exchange, now so complicated, will be readily understood by every citizen. A consummation so desirable has my cordial concurrence, and while at the present time expressing no opinion upon the plan proposed by the conference to which you refer, I shall take great pleasure in presenting the subject to the Congress of the United States when it shall assemble in November, next.

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,

H. McCULLOCH, Secretary of the Treasury.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.