The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 14
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the composition of extensive confidential speculations regarding
the character and the fate of the Santa Anna regime, with the
complaints of American citizens, the conjuration of Mexican sus-
picions, the appeasing of Mexican wrath, and the defeat of cor-
rupt schemers who sought to convert the negotiations into a bag
of gold for themselves. On October 12, he sought to allay the
apprehensions of Bonilla with reference to the dangers lurking
in a permit for American engineers to explore the region imme-
diately south of the international boundary in search of the most
practicable route for a Pacific railway. In a confidential note of
October 18, he made a sweeping charge of universal corruption
among high officials in Mexico and accused some of his own
countrymen of an incontinent desire to share in the graft. On
October 30, apparently for the purpose of continuing his policy
of intimidation, he felt called upon to answer Bonilla's note safe-
guarding the status quo agreement against a construction un-
favorable to the claims of Mexico, by the not altogether reassuring
declaration that, since the Mexican government felt indisposed to
acknowledge the agreement, the United States "must feel relieved
from any recognition of a similar obligation, and at liberty to be
governed as necessity or policy may [might] impose." During
the next two weeks his time was mainly occupied with the refu-
tation of Bonilla's extensive arguments in support of the right to
demand indemnity for Indian depredations and in an earnest effort
to convince Mexico that the federal authorities of the United
States were acting in good faith with reference to the California
At length, about the middle of November, the long-expected
supplementary instructions arrived. Although bearing the date
of October 22, and apparently written after Marcy had received
Gadsden's report of the conferences of September 25 and October
2,12 they seem to have been based upon the sanguine confidential
despatches of September 5 and October 3. They were brought
with great secrecy by Christopher L. Ward, a Pennsylvania lawyer,
apparently interested in the Garay grant, who had been solemnly
"Carlos Butterfield left Mexico with despatches from Gadsden on October
3, and he presented these to Marcy on October 19. See Butterfield to
Marcy, October 20, 1853, Marcy Papers, Vol. 43. (Library of Congress,
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