The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 52
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fered by Mr. Schleicher of San Antonio, Texas, which called
upon the President to transmit to the House all information in
his possession, not incompatible with public interest, which re-
ferred "to the condition of the Mexican border in Texas and to
any recent violations of the territory of the United States by
incursions from Mexico."64 President Hayes complied with this
request on November 12, and the following day the papers were
referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.55 On Decem-
ber 10, 1877, the House of Representatives by a resolution re-
ferred to its Foreign Affairs Committee that part of President
Hayes's recent message which related to the "recognition of Presi-
dent Diaz, of Mexico, and the difficulties on the Rio Grande
border." At the same time the committee was instructed to con-
sider "the best means of removing the existing and impending
causes of difference between the United States and Mexico.""
While the House Foreign Affairs Committee was considering the
above matters, Representative Cox of New York introduced a
resolution on January 11, 1878, which called upon President
Hayes to give his reasons, if such were not incompatible with the
public service, "for refusing to recognize the present Government
of Mexico under General Diaz."57 Still later, on March 11, 1878,
Mr. Cox introduced another resolution which invited President
Hayes to recognize the Diaz government, which was character-
ized as having fulfilled "the requirements of international comity
and law for the purpose of recognition by our government."8
Both of the Cox resolutions were referred to the House Foreign
Meanwhile the Senate had evinced an interest in the Mexican
situation. On December 11, 1877, Senator Conkling of New
York introduced a resolution calling for the appointment of a
committee of seven Senators which was to investigate possible
means of promoting commercial intercourse with Mexico and of
establishing "a just and peaceful condition of affairs" along the
5"House Journal, 45 Cong., 1 sess., 1877 (serial no. 1772), p. 113.
"Evarts to the President and Hayes to the House of Representatives,
Washington, November 12, 1877, in House E. Does., 45 Cong., 1 sess.
(serial no. 1773), doc. 13, p. 1.
"House Reports, 45 Cong., 1 and 2 seas., 1877-78, III (serial no. 1824),
doe. 701, p. 1.
"THouse Journal, 45 Cong., 2 sess., 1877-78 (serial no. 1792), p. 163.
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