Louis McLane to Anthony Butler, 20 April 1834
Mr. McLane to Mr. Butler.
Department of State
April 20, 1834.
It is well known that the United States have at all times been sincerely desirous to see accomplished, on terms mutually honorable and advantageous, the acknowledgment of the independence of the several states of this hemisphere which were formerly the colonies of Spain, and that the President has, on all proper occasions, interposed his good offices towards brining about that happy result.
The recent accession of Dona Isabel the Second to the throne of Spain, under the regency of her august mother, being deemed a favorable opportunity for renewing those friendly efforts, the minister of the United States at Madrid, in fulfilment of the President's wishes on the subject, promptly availed himself of it to address a note to Mr. Martinez de la Rosa, her Majesty's principal Secretary of State, to that effect, expressing a hope that one of the first great acts by which the liberal and enlightened Government of Spain may be destined to derive permanent distinction and applause, will be the prompt and just settlement of the American question, and offering an assurance of the President's continued desire and constant readiness to do all in his power to facilitate the conclusion of that desirable work.
Though, at the date of the last despatch from the American plenipotentiary at Madrid, no answer had been received from the Spanish Secretary of State; yet, the President, desirous to afford the Government of Mexico a proof of the deep interest he takes in the complete accomplishment of an object so gratifying to that republic, has instructed me to transmit a coy of the note referred to, that you may communicate it with a copy of this despatch to the Mexican Secretary of State.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
Anthony Butler, Esq.,
Chargé d'Affaires of the U. S., Mexico.
Same to Charles G. Dewitt, chargé, &c. of the United States, Guatemala.
Robert B. McAfee, Bogota.
Enclosed in MVB to the U.S. House of Representatives, 4 July 1838 (HRExdoc 351).