Mr. Romero to Mr. Seward
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to transmit you the copy of a communication I received to-day from Mr. Lerdo de Tejada, minister of foreign affairs of the Mexican republic, dated in the city of Chihuahua the 21st of November last, informing me of the return of the constitutional government of Mexico to that city.
I also send you a supplement to No. 121 of the official paper of that government, published the same day with the circular of the minister of relations to the state governors, informing them of the restoration of the federal government in Chihuahua, and an article describing the enthusiastic demonstrations with which President Juarez was received by the inhabitants of that city.
Recent events in Chihuahua give the best proof of the instability of the edifice the French are trying to erect in Mexico. On the last of August a considerable French army approached the city, and the national government was compelled to abandon it; the invading army took possession of, but could not hold it, and soon afterwards left; constitutional order was established the same day, without the aid of any armed Mexican force, in the place or near it; the chief of the nation soon returned, and was received with the greatest demonstrations of joy, as the true representative of national independence, a blessing they now appreciated the more as it was so near being lost.
I must also remit to you the copy of a letter written from Chihuahua, the 27th of October, by the Mexican citizen Jesus Escobar y Armendariz, who was formerly attached to this legation, and was a victim of French persecution on account of his patriotism in Chihuahua, the 16th of September last, the anniversary of Mexican independence, and to whom I referred in my note of the 12th of November last to your department.
The simple account Mr. Escobar y Armendariz gives of the sufferings he endured by reason of his love for his country, and his resolute determination not to submit to the absurd pretensions of the invading tyrant, show the exact feelings of the Mexican people in regard to French intervention, and that like him, there are many other citizens whose sufferings are not known to us.
I profit by this occasion to renew to you, Mr. Secretary, the assurances of my most distinguished consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.