to Mr. Foster.
Washington , February 20, 1874.
Sir: An instruction has this day been addressed to the United States consul at Matamoras, directing him to apply to the local authorities for permission to Benjamin Murphy to receive into custody one Alexander D. Hamilton, a fugitive from justice, charged with the embezzlement of public moneys. It is desired that in adopting the ordinary means in accordance with the provisions of the treaty, you will act promptly, and with such discretion as will, in your judgment, most surely tend to secure the apprehension and return of the fugitive in question. The consulat Matamoras has been directed to inform you when the local magistrate shall have decided that the proof of criminality is sufficient.
I am, &c.,