Louis McLane to MVB, 26 May 1834
Mr. McLane to Mr. Butler.
Department of State,
May 26, 1834.
It has been represented to this Department that Colonel Stephen Autin, of Texas, has been arrested by the Mexican Government, and that his life is in jeopardy. Many citizens of the United States being greatly interested in both his safety and his freedom, I would thank you to interpose your personal good offices towards obtaining his release, and securing him from further molestation, so far as you can do so without, in any manner allowing it to be understood that it is the wish or the intention of this Government to interfere with the administration of justice in Mexico, or with any of the peculiarly local concerns of that country.
Your despatches, numbered 64 and 65, are received; but No. 63 is still missing. You will be pleased to forward duplicates of your Nos. 14, 16, 23, 52, 53, 54, and 58, the originals of which have never reached this office.
The President has directed me to inform you that your answer to the charges preferred against you by Mr. James Smith Wilcocks, our late consul at Mexico, is considered entirely satisfactory.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
Anthony Butler, Esq.,
Chargè d'Affaires of the U. S., Mexico.
Enclosed in MVB to the U.S. House of Representatives, 4 July 1838 (HRExdoc 351).