An offer of Mediation from France.
‘"Ralph Easel,"’ the well-informed Paris
correspondent of the New York Express, communicates to that paper the following statement, under date of May 14:
On Sunday last the Emperor Napoleon received Mr. Charles J. Faulkner
of the United States
to the Court of France, who had demanded an audience, for the purpose of presenting his letters of recall.
The interview took place in the throne room, at the Palace of the Tuileries.
After some preliminary remarks of a personal character, the Emperor
unreservedly expressed to Mr. Faulkner
his profound regret at the unhappy dissensions now existing between the two great sections of the American Union, and asked whether the friendly mediation of France
would be acceptable if the offer were made.
replied that he possessed no information of a character to warrant him in giving a direct opinion; but he had no hesitation in declaring that, if the interposition of any foreign power would be admissible, that of France
, the nation which had aided the Thirteen Colonies in their early struggle for independence, and had remained their constant friend since the organization of the Federal Government
, would certainly be looked upon, by both the North
and the South
, as most worthy of their mutual confidence; particularly as France
had never, directly or indirectly, manifested any desire to meddle in the domestic affairs of the United States
, and had always exhibited a sincere and disinterested sympathy for the whole Union, irrespective of section.
The American people, he was certain, would not refer to the arbitration of any European Power the questions which are the causes of the present troubles; but the amicable mediation of France
might have the effect of inducing a suspension of hostilities, and enable the North and South to settle their differences without the effusion of fraternal blood.
said he feared it might now be too late, and that civil strife had gone too far to be stopped by an appeal to the dictates of reason; but, if he could be the means of averting the horrors of a war between American brothers, he would esteem it a high privilege to offer the friendly counsels of France
You may rely upon these important details as perfectly correct.
has arrived in Paris
, and will probably have an audience of the Emperor
If our new Minister, whose position becomes most responsible, should express views similar to those of his predecessor — and the Emperor
will doubtless ask his opinions on the same points — an immediate offer of French mediation may be anticipated.