Mr. Motley to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Nos. 173, 174, 175, and your 176, marked confidential, of dates April 6 and April 16, respectively, all reaching me under the same envelope on May 3, in the evening. No. 175 is in answer to my 156, and relates to the affairs of Austria and Prussia.
No. 173 contains certain extracts from Paris journals, and translations in Paris journals from Vienna newspapers, sent to you by Mr. Bigelow, United States minister in Paris. Such intelligence as was accurate in those extracts has already been indicated by me in advance from authentic sources in my despatches of January 8, February 20, and February 27.
The permission of the so-called imperial government in Mexico to levy troops to supply vacancies in the volunteer corps raised in this empire in 1864 was accorded in the beginning of this year, and mentioned in my despatch of 8th January. Of the signature of the supplementary convention I have subsequently apprised you. The statement that a line of steamers was to be started between Trieste and Vera Cruz, to begin to ply on April 1, has, I believe, no foundation in fact.
I have understood that Mr. Loosey, Austrian consul-general at New York, has long had the project of starting a line of steamers between Trieste and New York, and that latterly there had been some hope of causing such steamers to stop at Vera Cruz, but I have ascertained that the project has been for the present, at least, abandoned.
I sent this information to Mr. Bigelow, in reply to his inquiry made some five or six weeks ago.
The remainder of your No. 173 I shall have the honor to answer in connexion with your Nos. 174 and 176, in a separate despatch, which will go by the same post as does the present one.
Meantime I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.