No. 410.
Mr. Fish to Mr. Foster.

No. 175.]

Sir: This Department has received an official note, of the 14th instant,* from Mr. Bartholdi, the minister of France here, stating that he had been instructed by his government to ask for the good offices of this Government toward obtaining from the government of Mexico a postponement of the departure of French Sisters of Charity from that country. It seems that they have been ordered to embark on the 31st instant. A delay until the departure of the European steamer of February is desired. You will make application accordingly. It is hoped that that government will see no serious objection to granting this favor.

I am, &c.,

  1. Ante.