The Marquis de Montholon to Mr. Seward
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform your excellency that the govemment of the Emperor, in a decree of the 30th of June last, decided to abolish the tax on passports and the visa of passports in favor of French subjects, and secures the same immunity to citizens of those foreign powers that will reciprocate with us.
I therefore beg your excellency to let me know if the American government is disposed to instruct its representatives in France to grant passports and indorse them free of charge; in which case citizens of the United States shall [Page 387] immediately have the immunity presented by the decree of the 30th of June in all French affairs.
Accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurances of my most high consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.