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took on the 1st instant, immediately before your departure, in directing Mr. Campbell to repair to San Luis Potosi. I feel convinced that no measure could have been adopted more in accordance with the desires of my court, with which I had again the honor of making you acquainted on the 28th and 29th of May, and that the presence of Mr. Campbell will not only prevent any act of violence towards Prince Maximilian, but will also insure his speedy release.

I avail myself of this opportunity to express to you, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my highest consideration.

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OAKLAND, MARYLAND, June 20, 1867. I have just received the following telegram from Baron Beust:

Request Mr. Seward to let ~J uarez know, and if possible Prince Maximilian, that the Em eror of Austria is‘ ready to re-establish Maximilian in all his rights of succession as Arc duke of Austria after his release and his renunciation of all his projects to

I should be most obliged to the Secretary of State for a kind telegraphic answer, that I may inform my court of your readiness in the matter.

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. OAKLAND, MD., June 21, 1867. Many thanks. Just received this second telegram :

Imperial family consents to eventual reintegration of Prince Maximilian. Try to let him

know this. BEUST.

May I hope that, if possible, this wish of my court may be fulfilled through your exceedingly kind\ medium.

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Your telegram of yesterday received, and its request complied with.

Count Wyzlenbruck to Mr. Seward.


OAKLAND, MD., June 29, 1867.

-I have just received from New Orleans the terrible news that the Archduke Maximilian has been shot. Have you any such news? WYDENBRUCK.

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I received yesterday from Mexico the ofiicial news that the unfortunate emperor Maximilian was shot June nineteenth, (19th,) seven (7) Inornin .

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Mr. Seward to Count W3/denbruck.

Washington, July 1, 1867.

SIR: I avail myself of the first convenient hour after arriving from Bostcn to inform you that at the moment of my departure from this city on the 21st of June last, by direction of the President of the United States, I communicated to President Juarez, of Mexico, by telegraph, the proposition of his Imperial Majesty of Austria, that he would reinstate the Prince Maximilian in all his rights of possession as Archduke of Austria as soon as the Prince should be set at liberty, and should renounce forever all his projects in Mexico.

At an earlier date—namely, on the 15th—-I had in like manner used the telegraph to make known to President Juarez the request of her Majesty the Queen of England, and of the Emperor of the French, for the good offices of this government in behalf of the Prince Maximilian.

This information may perhaps be of some slight value by way of soothing the sadness which the painful news concerning the fate of the Prince Maximilian, just received from Mexico, cannot fail to produce.

I am, sir, with high consideration, your obedient servant,

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Count Wydenbruck to Mr. Seward.

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OAKLAND, MD., July 3, 1867.

The Austrian court inquires telegraphically whether the American government has the sad news of the archduke’s execution from any source of its own.

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I regret to say United States consul, Matamoras, wrote despatch June 27, received to-day, namely : '

Maximilian was executed on the 19th; city of Mexico surrendered on 2lst.

United States consul, Vera. Cruz, wrote despatch received and telegraphed from New Orleans July 2, confirming the execution of Maximilian and surrender at discretion of the city of Mexico.


Count WYDENBRUCK, dye, 8;¢., dc.

Count Wydcnbruck to Mr. Seward.

OAKLAND, MARYLAND, July 3, 1867.

The confirmation contained in your telegram of to-day_’s date of the tragieal event of the 19th of J nne will destroy the last glimmer of hope entertained by the imperial family of Austria as to the fate of the unfortunate Emperor Maximilian. Under these melancholy circumstances, it would be extremely desirable for me to be able to apprise my court of the steps which have been taken by the United States goverIIment, in compliance with the pressing application which I had the honor to address to you on the 29th of May last.

On the 1st of June I informed my government, by cable, of the contents of your telegram of the same date, (kindly communicated to me by Mr. Frederick Seward,) by which you instructed Mr. Campbell to proceed, without delay, to J uarez’s headquarters, with the mission to intervene for the protection of the life of the illustrious prisoner. Until the 17th of June I indulged the hope that Mr. Campbell was on his journey to execute your mission. I was then startled by the newspaper reports, confirmed by the ntficial offer made to General Steadman on the same day, that Mr. Campbell, declining to proceed to Mexico, had resigned his post. ' '

Although it does not become me to inquire as to the action of the State Department, I feel convinced that you, Mr. Secretary of State, taking into account the peculiarity of the circumstances, and sharing my desire to offer to the afilicted family of my august sovereign the only consolation now possible, will not object to let me know it‘ you have been able, notwithstanding Mr. Campbell's inopportune resignation, to carry out your intervention in favor of the illustrious victim we deplore to-day.

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The Austrian charge’ d’afaires in Mexico informs me that Juarez refuses to deliver up the body of the unfortunate prince. This is a cruel aggravation of the unspeakable grief of the imperial family of Austria.

I have the honor to remain, Mr. Secretary of State, with the highest consid

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SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 3d instant. Information upon the subject to which it relates had already been communicated to you.

I am, sir, with high consideration, your obedient servant,

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Mr. SECRETARY or STATE : In consequence of certain advices received to-day by me, and in order to lose no time, I took the liberty a few hours ago of expressing to you by telegraph the desire that Mr. Otterbonrg, in Mexico, might be instructed to ask, in the name of the government of the United States, that the remains of the ill-fated emperor Maximilian may be (in case this should not already have been done) deposited in a grave of his own and enclosed in a suitable coflin—if possible, a metallic one. All expenses to be refunded by this legation.

Trusting that it will be possible to procure this slight alleviation to the deep afiliction of the imperial family, I have the honor to remain, Mr. Secretary of State, with the highest consideration, your obedient servant,


Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, 8;r:., QY:., 8:0.

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It would be consolation for the imperial family to know emperor Maximilian’s remains are in his own grave and coflin—if possible a metallic one. ' This is, perhaps, not the case. May we hope that Mr. Secretary will instruct American minister in Mexico to ask in American government’s name that this be done’! and perhaps be present at trans-exhumation, as Mr. Otterbourg knew person of

emperor. Of course, all expenses refunded by me. ' WYDENBRUGK.

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Mr. Seward to Count Wyrlenbruck.

VVaskington, July 8, 1867.

SIR : Your telegram of this date is received. The request it contains is reasonable, and the good oflices of the government in that direction would in every way be proper. You will, however, notice in the public journals an unanswered application of a kindred nature which has already been made by Captain Hoe to President J uarez; '

I think it will be well, before acting on your present suggestion, to wait perhaps a day or two to learn what answer President Juarez has made to Captain Roe’s solicitation.

When I shall have received that information I will again communicate with you upon the subject.

I am, sir, with high consideration, your obedient servant,

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Sin : Your note of the 8th instant has been received. In reply I have the honor to refer you to the communication which was addressed to you by this department on the 8th instant, in answer to your telegram of that date, both of which relate to the same subject.

I am, sir, with high consideration, your obedient servant,

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Mr. SECRETARY OF STATE: I thank you for your obliging communication of the 9th instant, (8th.) As soon as the answer to Captain Roe’s application shall be known to you, may I hope that you may have the goodness to have it telegraphed to me, in order that my court may be informed of its tenor without loss of time’!

I have the honor to remain, Mr. Secretary of State, with the highest consid

eration, your obedient servant, ‘ WYDENBRUCK. Hon. WILLIAM H. Savvsan, #0.. &a., ge.

Mr. Seward to Count lVydenJ2ruck.

Washington, July 12, 1867.

COUNT : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of yesterday, and to inform you, in reply, that it will afibrd me pleasure to telegraph to you the result of Captain Roe’s application to which you refer.

I have the honor to remain, count, your very obedient servant,

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