Mr. Romero to Mr. Seward
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to transmit to you the copy of a communication I have received from Mr. Lerdo de Tejada, minister of foreign relations of the Mexican republic, dated the 18th of January last, in Paso del Norte, marked No. 14, and annexed documents, from which it appears that Captain D. H. Brotherton, of the United States army, commanding at Fort Bliss, Texas, asked permission of the President of the Mexican republic, in the name of Colonel Edward E. Willis, commander of an expedition against the Apache Indians, and General James H. Carleton, commander of the district of New Mexico, to pass with his troops into Mexican territory, in case of necessity, in pursuit of the hostile Indians.
It appears from the same documents that the President of the Mexican republic granted the permission.
In communicating these facts to you as a new proof of the sentiments of friendship that animate the Mexican government towards the United States, it is pleasant to accept the opportunity that offers of renewing to you, Mr. Secretary, the assurances of my most distinguished consideration.
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c .