Louis McLane to Anthony Butler, 11 March 1834
Mr. McLane to Mr. Butler.
Department of State
March 11, 1834.
It cannot be ascertained from your despatches whether the application you promised in your No. 17, to make to the Mexican Government for a transcript of the judicial proceedings at Tampico, in virtue of which the schooner Rebecca and Eliza, of New York, and her cargo, were, it is alleged, seized and condemned, has been successful or otherwise. Although there is reason to believe that the owners were despoiled of their property without form of trial; still, as the Mexican Government, in answer to Mr. Poinsett's application, refused to restore the vessel upon the ground that it was a subject for judicial cognizance only, it is conceived that we have a right to expect a copy of the proceedings referred to, that the motive for the seizure may be judged of; or, if no such procedings were had, a prompt and unequivocal answer to that effect should be given.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
Anthony Butler, Esq.,
Chargé d'Affaires of the U. S., Mexico.
Enclosed in MVB to the U.S. House of Representatives, 4 July 1838 (HRExdoc 351).