Mr. Romero to Mr. Hunter
Mr. Acting Secretary: I have the honor of transmitting to you, for the information of the government of the United States, the copy of a note of Mr. Lerdo de Tejada, minister of foreign relations of the Mexican republic, dated El Paso, 19th December, 1865, and numbered 407, with the circular addressed to the State governors, informing them that the President of the republic left the city of Chihuahua, on the 9th of May, on account of a large French force marching against it, and arrived at El Paso del Norte on the 18th, where the national government of Mexico is at present established.
A copy of the circular is also enclosed.
I think proper to call your attention to the assurances in the circular that “the President of the republic will always firmly maintain his resolution to sustain the cause of the independence and institutions of Mexico, under all the vicissitudes of war, which are now decreasing, and the enemy’s resources will soon be exhausted by the constant struggle of the Mexican people, who are bound to triumph at no very distant period.”
I embrace the occasion to renew to you the assurance of my most distinguished consideration.
Hon. William Hunter, &c., &c., &c.