to Mr. Fish.
Mexico, January 23, 1874. (Received February 13.)
Sir: The seventh Congress of the Union terminated its first session [Page 722] on the 21st instant. I inclose herewith a translation of the address of President Lerdo, read before that body at its adjournment.
Among the most important acts of Congress was its approval of the contract made, by order of the President, with the Mexican company, for the construction of an” extensive system of railroads, referred to in my dispatch No. 74, thus completing legislative action upon that subject. Congress has also granted an extension for one year of the concession to the Tehuantepec Railway and Canal Company. It has also approved a treaty of amity and commerce between Mexico and Italy, the ratifications of which are to be exchanged in this city on or before April next. Before its adjournment the President sent to Congress the nomination of ministers plenipotentiary to the German Empire and to Spain. The action of the federal government, referred to in my dispatch No. 87, has apparently pacified the troubles in the State of Coahuila.
I am, &c.,