to Mr. Fish.
Mexico , April 18, 1874. (Received May 5.)
Sir: I am this day in receipt of your dispatch No. 90, March 25, relating to the interference of General Cortina, at Matamoras, in preventing the extradition of one Alexander D. Hamilton. Immediately on receipt thereof, I sent to the minister of foreign affairs a copy of the dispatch of Mr. Wilson, inclosed in your No. 90, with a representation that the Government of the United States would expect such orders to be given as will allow the treaty to be carried into effect according to its terms. (Inclosure 1.)
Within an hour after the transmission of this note, I was personally informed by the minister that the President had aleady seen some notice of the action of General Cortina in the public press, and had at once sent telegrams to the governor of the State, to General Cortina, and to the military commander, calling for information on the subject, [Page 745] and that immediately upon the receipt of my note the President had instructed the minister of war to send orders to the military commander at Matamoras, Colonel Cristo, to arrest Hamilton and hold him at all hazards, subject to the provisions of the extradition treaty. And in confirmation of this information, I have to-night received an official note from the minister of foreign affairs, of which I inclose a translation. (Inclosure 2.)
I am, &c.,