Mr. Seward to Mr. Plumb.
Sir: I have received your dispatch No. 81, of the 24th of February, which contains a very interesting review of the proceedings of the government for the restoration of permanent peace with law, order, and public credit in Mexico. We have been pained, though after our own experience we cannot say we were astonished, at the recent attempt to assassinate the President of that republic. In behalf of the President, you will express to President Juarez felicitations upon his escape from that imminent peril, and you may, at the same time, assure him that the government and people of the United States sincerely sympathize with him in his arduous and enlightened labors directed to the retrieval of the fortunes of the republic.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Edward L. Plumb, Esq., &c., &c., &c.