which he yet need not regard as offensive.
's explanation and instructions to me, after several long conversations on this subject, were summed up in the words: ‘I want you to get your legs under Napoleon's mahogany, and tell him he must get out of Mexico
In my visit to Paris
I was accompanied by two officers of my staff, Brevet Brigadier-General William M. Wherry
and Brevet Brigadier-General G. W. Schofield
, who had been given leave of absence for the purpose of going with me to Mexico
We sailed from New York, November 15, 1865, on the Cunard steamer Java
, and stayed a day in Liverpool
and several days in London
, where I explained to Mr. Adams
, United States
minister, the purpose of my visit.
expressed hearty sympathy with the object of my mission, and gave cordial assent to my wish that I might feel at liberty to consult him in regard to it at any time.
, United States
minister at Vienna
, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the residence of Mr. Adams
, assured me that the government of Austria
was especially desirous of not being regarded by the United States
as responsible in any manner for the attempt to establish an empire under the Austrian archduke in Mexico
thought a visit by me to Vienna
while the Mexican
question was pending might produce undue excitement.
Hence I limited my tour in that direction to Italy
We proceeded to Paris
on the 2d of December.
Our arrival had been preceded by vague rumors of an official mission more or less hostile to the interests of France
, which caused great excitement among the French
people and the American
residents in Paris
, and serious depression of United States
, and French securities in the financial markets of Europe
It was also understood that no little anxiety was felt at the French court, then