The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 49
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Recognition of Diaz Government by United States
blame for the delay in recognition squarely upon the Diaz gov-
ernment because of its "neglect of plain duties" with respect to
the critical condition of affairs on the Rio Grande frontier, which,
he stated, "more seriously threatened the peace of the two coun-
tries than any and all other matters.""
In answer to Sefior Vallarta's allegation that the policy of
the Hayes administration toward Mexico was unfriendly, Mr.
Foster referred to his past correspondence with the Mexican For-
eign Office and offered other proof to show that the Hayes pol-
icy with respect to the frontier was the same as that "assumed
or foreshadowed" during the four years of his official residence
in Mexico.46 Writing later, however, Mr. Foster admitted that
there was no doubt of the correctness of Sefior Vallarta's state-
ment "that there had been a change of policy as to recognition
after the inauguration of President Hayes and there was some
foundation for his charge that a scheme had been formed to
bring on a war through the Texas troubles."47
Before the end of the summer the United States Government
took an even more advanced stand with respect to the existing
difference between it and Mexico. On August 2 Secretary Evarts
referred to Mr. Foster for negotiation with the Mexican Foreign
Office all questions then at issue between the United States and
Mexico.48 Instructions to Mr. Foster at this time were that any
stipulation with respect to the subject of a treaty "must deal
explicitly and clearly with the question of the use of military
force to pursue offenders and recapture stolen property, even be-
yond the territorial limits of the United States, if no other way
can be found of checking such depredations." Conferences upon
these points, the settlement of which Secretary Evarts emphati-
"Ibid., pp. 411-412.
4"Ibid., p. 411.
"Foster, Diplomatic Memoirs, I, p. 92.
80On this occasion Secretary Evarts informed Mr. Foster that Senor
Mata had not been officially received in Washington as the representa-
tive of the Diaz government. However, Senfor Mata had informally
stated that in case the Diaz government were recognized he was empow-
ered to negotiate a treaty dealing with the question of border depreda-
tions. Because he was empowered to negotiate only concerning this sin-
gle question, and because the "methods of prevention and punishment
which it offers" seemed inadequate and not entirely explicit, Secretary
Evarts had not approved the proposed treaty (Evarts to Foster, Wash-
ington, August 2, 1877, in House Reports, 45 Cong., 1 and 2 sess., 1877-
1878, III (serial no. 1824), doc. 701, p. 451).
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