Mr. Seward to Mr. Plumb.

No. 42.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatches Nos. 70 and 72, of the 24th and 28th of January last, respectively, with reference to the foreign merchants of San Luis Potosi, imprisoned by the authorities of that State for refusing to pay a forced loan, and to their subsequent release.

I have to express satisfaction with the prudent action of the Mexican government in causing their liberation, and a hope that a recurrence of such measures as those adopted by the State government will not take place. Your proceedings in the matter are approved.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Edward L. Plumb, Esq., &c., &c., &c.