Mr. Seward to Mr. Bigelow

No. 412.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 7th ultimo, and its accompaniments, relative to the communication which Mr. Laboulaye, the active president of the French committee of emancipation, has addressed to you upon the subject of the President’s proclamation announcing the abolition of slavery in the United States, have been received. In reply to Mr. Laboulaye, I will thank you to inform him that the congratulations of the society upon the auspicious event are gratefully received and highly appreciated; that this government entertains no apprehensions for the future of a race physically qualified to obtain for itself, by industry and application, prosperity and happiness, under our free and equal constitution of government; and, therefore, we feel assured that this desirable result will be peacefully and creditably accomplished.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


John Bigelow, Esq., &c., &c., &c.