Mr. Plumb to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copy and translation of a manifesto, addressed under date of the 8th instant, by the congress of Mexico to the Mexican people.[Page 397]
It will be observed that this manifesto reiterates, on the part of congress, the position taken by the Executive of the republic, in his address to that body at the formal opening of the session on the 8th of December, that all treaties are at an end between Mexico and those powers who recognized the so-called government of Maximilian.
I am reliably informed that in the discussion and adoption of the manifesto, which took place in secret session, and proceeded by paragraphs, an amendment was proposed more especially recognizing the aid Mexico has received, during her recent struggle, from the United States.
This amendment was strongly supported, I am told, by Mr. Montes, formerly minister for foreign affairs under President Comonfort, Mr. Mata, formerly minister to the United States, and Mr. Cañedo, a talented deputy from the state of Jalisco, but it failed to be carried.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.