The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 8
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ments as states of our Federation. . . . At the Crisis how
should your minister act? His instinct is to receive and protect."6
Such was the situation as Gadsden saw it soon after his arrival.
In succeeding despatches he reiterated most of the opinions ex-
pressed in this private memorandum and gradually unfolded his
plans and the methods he proposed to pursue in order to con-
summate them. While confessing his repugnance to despotism,
he was not averse to lending it financial support provided his ends
could be gained thereby. He condemned bribery on general prin-
ciples, but when it was clearly the only means of accomplishing
a specific object he was willing to make use of such "appliances,"
to resort to the "Antient Franchise," to apply the "oil" to the
"axle," covering the action of his government by working through
the medium of the agents of Sloo or Garay (rivals in Tehuantepec),
for instance. He believed also in the efficacy of intimidation, urg-
ing repeatedly that the troops of the United States on the frontier
be augmented and that vessels of war be sent to the coasts of
Mexico. But his stock argument was of course that of manifest
An adequate conception of the difficulties and vexations which
this apostle of expansion confronted and of the methods which
he employed cannot be had without a somewhat detailed study of
his despatches. These will show the philosophy of Young America
at its most aggressive stage, while they will reveal, at the same
time, some of the fundamental problems of the period.
On August 31, Gadsden complained that the exaggerations of
the American consul at Acapulco with reference to alleged out-
rages committed upon the captain and crew of the Schooner
B. I. Allen, had involved him in an unnecessary correspondence
with the Mexican government. He referred, at the same time,
to the "increasing disposition on the part of lawless Trespassers
to disturb the tranquility" of the frontier, and concluded his
despatch by deprecating the practice followed by his predecessors
of interposing diplomatically in the interest of private claimants
prior to the consideration of each case by a competent tribunal.
On September 2, while advising Marcy with reference to the
choice of consuls for Mexican posts, he declared that it would be
6Private, of September 5, 1853.
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