Mr. Motley to Mr. Seward.

No. 233.]

Sir: I think it proper to state that at the reception at court on Wednesday last, April 24th, his Majesty the Emperor took occasion to express to me his warm and sincere appreciation of the intercession made in behalf of his brother Maximilian in Mexico by our government. The Emperor alluded energetically to this prompt and friendly response to his request made at Washington. I replied by expressing my gratification at the humane intercession and my hope that it would prove successful, adding that I trusted that a new proof would be seen in this action of the desire of the government and people of the United States to maintain not in phrase, but in fact, a warm and cordial friendship with the sovereign and the people of Austria.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


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