Mr. Plumb to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copy and translation of a note received last evening from Mr. Lerdo de Tejada, in reply to the unofficial communication I addressed to him on the 22d instant, with reference to the foreign merchants arrested at San Luis Potosi.
I have just returned from the interview to which I was cited in the said note, and am glad to be able to state that I am informed by Mr. Lerdo de Tejada that yielding to the representations of the general government, the governor of the State of San Luis has placed at liberty the merchants who have been imprisoned, of which fact the government has been advised by a telegram from San Luis, dated day before yesterday.
The explanations offered by the governor of San Louis, communicated to me by Mr. Lerdo de Tejada, do not require any remark; they only add to the necessity of the step he has now been induced, by the influence of the general government, to take; that is, to place the persons arrested at liberty.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William E Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.