No. 251.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. McLane.

No. 244.]

Sir: Your dispatch No. 432, of the 17th ultimo, reporting the exercise of your personal good offices in behalf of Baron Seillière, has been received.

Your course in execution of the Department’s instructions appears to have been discreet and proper.

It is represented by the baron’s friends that the present French law in respect of lunacy works much injustice in his case, and that considerable attention has been attracted, to that fact. Your telegraphed statement that the Government has moved an amendment to the existing law, upon which the Chambers have voted “urgency,” appears to confirm those representations.

In view of the circumstances, so far as known, this Department has confidence in your discretion, and leaves it to you to exhibit all proper interest in the case.

I am, etc.,