to Mr. Evarts.
Mexico, January 28, 1881. (Received February 17.)
Sir: On the receipt of your dispatch No. 87 (December 22, 1880), I called on Mr. Mariscal and communicated to him the substance thereof. At his instance I also addressed him a note upon the matters to which it related, a copy whereof I inclose.
I endeavored, both in my interviews and in my note, to keep out of prominence the incidents which occurred at La Paz, although it was impossible for me not to mention them, but I incorporated them with other abuses which have been reported to me, and I treated the subject [Page 755]as a whole and as one of general importance rather than of individual grievances.
My interview with Mr. Mariscal was of the most pleasant character, as indeed all my intercourse with him official and personal has been. He apparently appreciates the injury done to commerce by the exactions to which honest traders are subjected by the inexorable practice of the customs authorities, who so construe the Treasury regulations as to make, as I am assured, nearly every invoice subject to a fine, and I am in hopes that some means may be devised by which these enormous and vexatious exactions upon commerce may be done away with.
I am, &c.,