to Mr. Fish.
Mexico, November 19, 1873. (Received December 12.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 40, conveying your congratulations to the Mexican government upon the adoption of the amendments to its constitution, incorporating therein the laws of reform. Immediately upon the receipt of this dispatch I communicated its contents to Mr. Lafragua, minister of foreign affairs, [Page 717] in a note of the 15th instant. (Inclosure 1.) On the 17th instant, Mr. Lafragua took occasion to express to me, in a personal interview, the high gratification with which President Lerdo had received your congratulations upon this event, so important in the history of Mexico, and in a note of the same date he acknowledged the receipt of my note of the 15th instant, in which he conveyed to me the sincere thanks of the President for the cordial congratulations which you had thought proper to address to him, and for the friendly sentiments which animate the people and Government of the United States with regard to the people and government of Mexico, a translation of which note I inclose, (2.)
This correspondence was yesterday read in the National Congress by the minister of foreign affairs, by direction of the President of the republic, and after its reading, the president of Congress, in the name of that body, expressed the gratification with which the assembly had received the intelligence, and by a vote of Congress the correspondence was entered upon its journal/The minister of foreign affairs has also caused its publication in the official newspaper, and it has appeared in all the periodicals of this capital.
I am, &c.,