Mr. Motley to Mr. Seward

No. 167.]

Sir: Many of the Vienna papers of last week published the following paragraphs, which I have reason to believe accurate:

“The shipment of the newly levied recruits for the Austrian volunteer corps in Mexico is fixed for the 15th May.

“According to an advertisement fastened to the council-house door, the last enlistments for Mexico take place on the 27th, 28th, and 30th April. As hand-money, 25, 30, and 35 florins are offered. According to telegraphic accounts received to-day at the war department, from the various districts, the recruiting for the Mexican volunteer corps is taking a favorable course. The greater part of the newly enlisted men have already arrived at the head depot in Laybach, and are fully uniformed.

“Some of them have received a furlough until the moment of sailing, and are seen in their new uniforms in Vienna.

“The number levied in Vienna, and in the provinces, up to yesterday, (26th April,) is 850 men.”

I have as yet received no notification from Mr. Thayer, at Trieste, of the arrival of any of these volunteers in that city.

I have the honor to remain, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.