Mr. Pile to Mr. Fish.
Caracas, July 1, 1873. (Received July 22.)
Sir: As soon as the message of the President of Venezuela to the extra session of Congress was published in the Opinion Nacional, I addressed [Page 1175] a note to the minister of foreign relations courteously asking if the publication was a correct copy of the message. (See inclosure A.) To this the minister replied promptly, (inclosure B.) Some days afterward I received the rather curious note, inclosure C.
The character of my reply will be seen in inclosure D.
It is one of the mental vices of this people that they either cannot or will not perceive the limitations and modifications that necessarily exist with respect to almost all general rules.
The Opinion Nacional, nominally free and independent, nevertheless is completely subject to the dictamen of the President, and echoes his opinion and wishes upon all political subjects.
I am, &c.,