Louis McLane to Anthony Butler, 24 June 1834
Mr. McLane to Mr. Butler.
Department of State,
June 24, 1834.
The President, dissatisfied with the continued delays which have taken place in adjusting the points at issue between the two Governments, directs that you will take an early occasion, after the receipt of this communication, to bring them again before the Mexican Government, and to obtain a prompt and definite answer.
You will also state that the United States hold the Federal Government of Mexico alone accountable for such injuries to their citizens as merit national interposition; and that the requirement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in his note to you of the 24th of October last, that the claimants should present their demands in person at the Mexican Treasury, is too unreasonable to be submitted to. Indeed, taken in connexion with the refusal to examine any of the claims until all shall be presented, it is tantamount to a denial of justice. You will therefore likewise state, that having been instructed to treat for the adjustment of the claims, it is conceived that the Minister of Foreign Affairs is the person to whom you should apply; but that, as your object is to carry into effect the desire of the President that a consideration of the subject should no longer be postponed by the Mexican Government, you are willing to co-operate with any person who may be specially appointed by that Government to settle the terms of liquidation.
The President also wishes that, if a prompt and favorable answer should not be given upon this as well as upon the other points at issue between the two Governments, you will present my letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and return home. In doing this, however, you will accompany it by an assurance that it is not the intention of the President to disturb the existing amicable relations between the two countries, or to preclude this Government from offering or from receiving a proposition to negotiate anew upon the subject at some future period.
To ensure your receiving this and the other communications herewith sent, a special messenger is employed to carry them to you, and I have instructed him to abide by your directions as to the length of his stay in the city of Mexico; presuming, however, that, with regard to that, you will exercise your best discretion.
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).