No. 258.
Mr. Bancroft to Mr. Fish.

No. 573.]

Sir: The council of the empire has under consideration the amount of governmental bills which they will allow to be put in circulation, and they have limited it at one thaler, or seventy-two cents, per head of the population of the German Empire, viz, 40,000,000 thalers, or less than $30,000,000. This sum is to be issued not by the government of Germany, but is to be distributed among the several German states.

This decision of the council must come before the Diet, and if it there should be modified I will not fail to notify you of it.

The Diet has had under consideration the amount of pay they hold it right for them to receive, and they have fixed the sum of five thalers for each member for every day of his attendance.

I remain, &c.,