Mr. Bigelow to Mr. Seward
Sir: I deemed the proclamation of the 18th of December, announcing the termination of slavery in the United States, marked an event of such importance, in the social and political history of the world, as to justify me in bringing it formally to the notice of the Emperor’s government.[Page 272]
I accordingly addressed to Mr. Drouyn de Lhuys the note, a copy of which and of his reply are enclosed.
I am, sir, with great respect, your very obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State Washington, D. C.