Mr. F. W. Seward to Mr. Chase
Sir: Your despatch No. 9 has been received. Your action in reply to inquiries of the prefect of police meets with the approbation of this department. Should it be required, you will exhibit both your commission and exequatur to the proper authorities. Your functions are not political, and consequently you have nothing to do with the recognition of any government, [Page 380] eminent, but must submit to the authorities de facto present, and if prohibited from discharging your duties, you will desist, and report at once to this department. In that case you will be at liberty to remain at your post without exercising your functions, or return to this country, as you may see fit.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Franklin Chase, Esq., United States Consul General, Tampico.