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Recognition of Diaz Government by United States
him, after the establishment of the Diaz government, and at his
first audience with President Diaz, he had represented in very
strong terms the urgent necessity for maintaining peace and
order on the frontier-that such was an essential to the main-
tenance of cordial relations between the two countries.29 Mr.
Foster expressed regret that these suggestions had apparently had
so little effect, and that the Diaz government was dealing with
the whole matter of border disturbances in the same half-hearted
way as had preceding Mexican governments. He added that it
was not strange that the military authorities of Texas should
deem it necessary to have authority to pursue marauders into
Mexican territory; that "this was no new declaration .
as he would see by an examination of my correspondence with
his predecessor in the foreign office."s0 Sefior Vallarta agreed
with Mr. Foster that effective steps to insure the peace of the
frontier could best be effected by co-operation between the United
States and Mexican military authorities on either side of the
Rio Grande. "But," he added, "in order to make this co-opera-
tion fully effective it was desirable, first, to have the official re-
lations between the two governments restored."31 Such was, up
to that time, Diaz's most pronounced bid for the recognition of
his government by that of the United States. To this Mr. Fos-
ter countered with the statement that the peace of the frontier
should not be endangered as a result of delay in the formal rec-
ognition of the Diaz government.82
Mr. Foster's report of the above conference was received in
Washington on May 15, 1877. The next day Mr. F. W. Seward,
of the Siate Department, in answering Mr. Foster's communica-
tion, outlined the initial policy of the Hayes administration with
respect to according recognition to the Diaz government. In his
"In a letter of March 3, 1877, Mr. Foster advised Secretary Fish that
in an interview which he had with General Diaz on February 23, he had
referred to the importance of the Mexican government giving greater at-
tention to the preservation of order on the frontier, and the prevention
of raids into Texas.-See Foster to Fish, in House Ex. Does., 45 Cong.,
1 sess., I (serial no. 1773), doe. 13, p. 3.
8"Foster to Evarts, Mexico, April 24, 1877, in House Ex. Does., 45
Cong., 2 sess., 1877-78, 1, Foreign Relations (serial no. 1793), doc. 1,
pt. 1, pp. 401-402.
81Mr. Foster's report of Vallarta's statement, in Foster to Evarts, Mex-
ico, April 24, 1877, in House Ex. Does., 45 Cong., 2 seas., 1877-78, I,
Foreign Relations (serial no. 1793), doe. 1, pt. 1, p. 402.
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