Mr. Seward to Mr. Bigelow
Sir: Your despatch of the 7th instant, concerning the relation between France and the imperial government in Mexico, has been received.
I have very carefully perused the newspaper discussions which accompanied that paper. Certainly they are bold and free.
This government is awaiting the arrival of the time indicated by the Emperor of the French for withdrawing his forces from Mexico. It is not unreasonable that public opinion in France, as well as in Mexico, should be much disturbed with anticipations of ultimate consequences to result from that measure. It is not seen how our own position could be improved now by the manifestation of any doubt or apprehension concerning the execution of the arrangement for the evacuation of Mexico. If, however, you find any indication of inconstancy on the part of the imperial government, you will, in a discreet as well as respectful manner, cause it to be understood that the United States are relying with entire confidence upon the evacuation of Mexico by the French forces according to the existing arrangement.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
John Bigelow, Esq., &c., &c., &c.