Mr. de Stoeckl to Mr. Seward
Mr. Secretary of State: I have had the honor to receive the note which you were pleased to address to me on the 23d March, 1867, to inform me that the federal government insists that the clause inserted in article sixth of the project of convention must be strictly maintained, and that the territory to be ceded to the United States must be free from any engagement and privileges conceded either by the government or by companies.
In answer, I believe myself authorized, Mr. Secretary of State, to accede literally to this request on the conditions indicated in your note.
Please accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurances of my very high consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.