The Marquis de Montholon to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have the honor to address herewith to your excellency the text of a new law adopted the 14th of July last by the French legislative body about the rights of heirs and of those having claim on authors, composers, or artists.
As your excellency will observe, this new legislation, which extends to fifty years after the decease of the author the rights of his heirs, admits to the benefit of its previous foreign writers and artists to the extent determined by treaties about literary and artistic property.
Accept, sir, the assurance of my very high consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.