Mr. Seward to Mr. Bigelow,
Sir: I transmit to you a copy of a correspondence between Allen McLane, esq., president of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and this department, from which it will be seen that application has been made for negotiations with the French government for the mutual protection of the mail steamers of France and the United States in the event of war, such as have been provided in the postal convention of December 15, 1848, between the United States and Great Britain. You will be pleased to bring she matter under the consideration of Mr. Drouyn de Lhuys.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
John Bigelow, Esq., &c., &c., &c.