Louis McLane to Anthony Butler, 9 April 1834
Mr. McLane to Mr. Butler.
Department of State
April 9, 1834.
Your several despatches relative to the seizure, at Vera Cruz, of the New York packet-ship Robert Wilson, have been received. It does not appear to be questioned that spurious coin was introduced by this vessel, although a want of fraudulent intention may be asserted. The act is alleged to be in violation of the laws of Mexico, and the whole transaction is therefore appropriately cognizable by the judicial authorities of that country. Unless the forms of law should be grossly perverted to the injury of the accused, or in violation of existing treaties, no ground for any direct interference at present is perceived. The President, therefore, will decline interfering, under the circumstances, with the due administration of the laws of Mexico.
You will, nevertheless, observe the progress of such proceedings as may be taken by the Mexican authorities, and afford to the parties concerned such advice as it may be in your power to render, without any official remonstrance or interference, in order to secure them a fair trial. You will please to communicate the result to this Department.
Your despatch No. 61, and the duplicate of your No. 47, have also been received.
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).