Mr. Seward to Mr. Bigelow

No. 493.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of the 14th of June, No. 336.

The President appreciates the frankness and benevolence of the sentiments which Mr. Drouyn de Lhuys has expressed on the subject of the republics of Hayti and St. Domingo. Had affairs in the latter republic remained unchanged, we would now have very cheerfully concurred with France and with Great Britain in recommending to the two republics the establishment of amicable relations—a measure essential to the welfare, if not the safety, of both states. The revolution, however, which has recently occurred in St. Domingo, has involved the subject in new and unforeseen difficulties. We trust that a government will be established there upon foundations which will prove permanent. In that case I shall revert anew to the subject.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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