John Forsyth to Anthony Butler, 22 August 1834

John Forsyth to Anthony Butler, 22 August 1834

No. 83. 

Mr. Forsyth to Mr. Butler.

Department of State,



In a circular from this Department of the 20th April last, you were informed that the recent accession of her Most Catholic Majesty being deemed a favorable opportunity for renewing the friendly efforts of the President towards effecting a recognition, by Spain, of the independence of her former colonies in this hemisphere, the minister of the United States at Madrid, in fulfilment of the President's wishes, promptly addressed a note upon the subject to Mr. Martinez de la Rosa, her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State; but that, at the date of the last despatch from Mr. Van Ness, no answer had been received from the Spanish Secretary of State. 

In a despatch from Mr. Van Ness, dated the 14th of June last, just received at this Department, a copy of the minister's answer was enclosed; and I herewith transmit a copy of it to you, that, as soon as practicable after the receipt of this letter, you may communicate a transcript of the minister's answer to the Mexican Government.

Mr. Van Ness remarks that the minister expresses himself rather vaguely, but that there can be little or no doubt that the negotiations would end in a complete recognition of independence, and that such appeared to be the general sentiment entertained at Madrid.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Anthony Butler, Esq.,

Chargé d'Affaires of the United States, Mexico.

(Same to C.G. De Witt, Guatemala, No. 20. Same to R.B. McAfee, Bogotá, No. 19.)

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Editorial Note:

Enclosed in MVB to the U.S. House of Representatives, 4 July 1838 (HRExdoc 351).