No. 267.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. McLane.

No. 20.]

Sir: With reference to your dispatch, No. 24, of the 16th ultimo, in which you state that you do not share the confidence expressed by your predecessor in his No. 770, as to the probability of favorable action by the French Government in the matter of repealing the decree prohibiting the importation of American pork, the Department has learned with regret that Mr. Morton’s predictions are not likely to be borne out by the events. You will, of course, continue to bear this important subject in view.

I am, &c.,