The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 44
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
statement Seward explained that the United States government,
"while earnest to guard and protect the rights of its own citi-
zens and the safety of its own territory," did not seek "to inter-
vene in political contests or changes of administration" in Mex-
ico; instead, it was the custom of the United States government
"to accept and recognize the results of a popular choice in Mex-
ico, and not to scrutinize closely the regularity or irregularity
of the method by which presidents are inaugurated." Before
recognizing General Diaz as President of Mexico, Seward stated
that the United States desired to be assured "that his election
is approved by the Mexican people, and that his administration
is possessed of stability to endure and of disposition to comply
with the rules of international comity and the obligations of
treaties." Recognition, it was stated, implied a belief that the
government so recognized would faithfully execute its duties and
observe the spirit of its treaties; recognition of a president in
Mexico by the United States had "an important moral influ-
ence. . .. It aids to strengthen the power and lengthen
the tenure of the incumbent . . . and it may be added that
those administrations [in Mexico] had been longest lived that
were most faithful and friendly in the discharge of their treaty
obligations to the United States." After commending Mexico
for promptly paying, when due, the first installment of the in-
demnity provided for by the Mixed Claims Commission, Seward
pointed out that:
It is a subject of grave regret that in other respects the cus-
toms of friendly intercourse and the obligations of treaties have
been neglected, disregarded, or violated. . . . There have
been raids and depredations upon the Texas frontier; theft, mur-
der, arson, and plunder; violation of post-offices and custom
houses; incursions by armed men to destroy life or property;
cattle-stealing has become a profitable occupation; military offi-
cials posted to protect the frontier are said to have protected
robbers; forced loans have been demanded, and American citi-
zens have been compelled lo submit to unjust and unequal ex-
actions. Within the past few weeks the guides of an American
commander have been seized and carried into the interior with
threats of summary execution; and a consul of the United States,
in gross violation of international comity, has been imprisoned.
For each and all of these acts, many of them committed, if not
with the sanction, at least in the name of the Government of
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925, periodical, 1925; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101087/m1/48/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.