Mr. Plumb to Mr. Seward.

No. 72.]

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.


Señor Lerdo de Tejada to Mr. Plumb.

Dear Sir: I have received the unofficial letter you have been pleased to address to me, under date of the 22d instant, with reference to the case of certain merchants arrested in the city of San Luis Potosi, by order of the government of that State.

The government has had, and will have, in just consideration the good offices you have been pleased to interpose in this affair, with reference to which congress has already asked for information, and the judge of the district of San Luis has also intervened in conformity with the law relative thereto.

I can with pleasure make known to you in an interview the explanations and the motives which have been given by the governor of San Luis with reference to his proceedings, and if not inconvenient for you, I will be at your orders for such interview at the department of foreign relations, at four o’clock in the afternoon of to-morrow.

I am, with great regard, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Mr. Edward Lee Plumb, &c., &c., &c.