The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 53
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Recognition of Diaz Government by United States
border; in particular was it "to ascertain and report the facts
touching the present government of Mexico."" Three days later,
December 14, the members of the Senate select committee on the
condition of affairs between Mexico and the United States were
Neither the House Foreign Affairs Committee nor the special
Senate committee concluded its investigation or made its formal
report"6 until after the Hayes administration had reversed its
initial policy with respect to Mexico and had accorded recogni-
tion to the Diaz government. The actual reports of these com-
mittees therefore in no way could have influenced the action of
the Executive Department with regard to recognition of the
Diaz Government. In connection with these Congressional in-
vestigations, however, an event of the greatest importance oc-
curred which did result in a quick reversal of the avowed policy
of the Hayes administration. In January, 1878, Mr. Foster was
summoned to Washington2 to testify before the House Foreign
Affairs Committee "respecting the situation on the frontier, the
stability of the Diaz government, and its disposition towards
American citizens and enterprises." Mr. Foster must have talked
plainly and with effect, for he tells us in his memoirs that the
policy as to the recognition which the United States had been
following was contrary to his "recommendation and advice." He
further stated that:
The President and Secretary Evarts became satisfied from my
representations that it would be better not to delay further the
'"House Reports, 45 Cong., 1 and 2 sess., 1877-78, III (serial no. 1824).
doe. 701, p. xxxviii.
" enate Journal, 45 Cong., 2 sess., 1877-78 (serial no. 1779), p. 52.
The Senators appointed on this committee were: Conkling of New York,
Hamlin of Maine, Howe of Wisconsin, Jones of Nevada, Cameron of Penn-
sylvania, Eaton of Connecticut, and Maxey of Texas.
6"The House Foreign Affairs Committee made its report on April 25,
1878, or fourteen days after formal recognition had been accorded the
Dfaz government by that of the United States. This report of 676
printed pages is document 701 in House Reports, 45 Cong., 1 and 2 sess.,
1877-1878, III (serial no. 1824). It treats of Mexican border troubles,
the Mexican free zone, extradition, protection to American citizens, com-
mercial relations with Mexico, and recognition. The special committee
of the Senate was in session as late as June 4, 1878 (see Senate Jour-
nal, 45 Cong., 2 sess., 1877-1878 (serial no. 1779), p. 613.
62Mr. Foster was in Mexico as late as January 17, 1878.-See Foster
to Evarts, Mexico, Jan. 17, 1878, in House Ex. Does., 45 Cong., 3 sess.,
1878-79, I, Foreign Relations (serial no. 1842), 540-541.
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