No. 271.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. McLane.

No. 35.]

Sir: Your dispatch No. 58, of the 13th instant, giving an account of your interviews with Mr. de Freycinet and the French minister of commerce, concerning the decree prohibiting the importation of American pork, has been read with regret, in view of the prejudicial effect upon public opinion in this country of any announced or evident policy on the part of foreign countries, and especially a friendly power like France, to maintain a prohibition not warrantable by the only considerations to which they appeal for justification.

I am, &c.,