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debtedness was to be rapidly extinguished by large monthly in-
stallments. What better bribe could have been desired by a despot
without disposition to distinguish between public and private
When Ward arrived in Mexico City he evinced, as it appeared
to Gadsden, undue concern with reference to the claims of the
holders of the Garay grant. The minister therefore refused to
act upon his new instructions until Ward had reduced them to
writing. Thus reduced, they coincided with the original, except
for the confessed addition of a section urging the protection of
the Garay concessionaries. In this portion of his communication,
Ward alleged that the President of the United States, far from
any idea of abandoning the Garay group, "was determined to
support those claims in every proper form short of a declaration
of war in regard to them alone" and to repudiate the Conkling
treaty. The president's failure to give specific instructions on all
the points at issue did not signify the intention on his part of
precluding Gadsden from the "exercise of reasonable discretion."
He had not given specific directions with reference to the Garay
claimants because of haste and the fear that they might protract
[Same as No. 3 to the middle of the Gulf of California, thence as No. 2.1
[(1)] Frontera on the Rio Grande is accurately ascertained to be in
Latitude 310 48' and some seconds. A line from that point of Latitude
due West to the Gulf of California would throw within the limits of the
United States a very good . . . route for . . . a rail road. [(2)]
A Line on the 320 parallel of latitude would give the United
States a good route for a Rail Road from the Rio Grande to the Gulf,
but neither a line from Frontera or on the 32d parallel would be a good
boundary. . . .
1"In reply to Gadsden's suggestion that bribery might be necessary to
accomplish the objects of his mission, Marcy wrote:
"You intimate in your communications that possibly there may be money
to a considerable amount which the president might use in order to
facilitate a difficult negotiation, but it is not so. The secret service fund
at the control of the President is small. The aniount annually appro-
priated does not exceed $40,000, and the appropriation for the present
fiscal year has been in part expended. Should the President make appli-
cation for an immediate increase of it to a large amount, it would be
necessary to explain to Congress the particular use to be made of it. The
subject would of necessity go before both Houses and undergo much de-
bate. It would be impossible to preserve secrecy as to the object to which
it was intended to apply it. I cannot promise, therefore, that anything
can be done in this way to facilitate your present negotiation." (Marcy
to Gadsden, No. 19, December 22, 1853, Mex. Inst., Vol. 6.)
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