to Mr. Morgan.
Washington, July 27, 1881.
Sir: I forward herewith for your information a copy of a petition addressed to the Hon. S. B. Maxey, a Senator of the United States from [Page 779]Texas, by whom it has been referred to this Department, in which the petitioners, American citizens residents of that State, set forth that certain persons living in the United States and Mexico are exerting what influence they possess to have the “zona libre” of Mexico extended so as to embrace within its limits El Paso, Mexico.
The petitioners clearly indicate the injuries which are naturally to be apprehended in case of the extension of the “zona libre,” and which point to interests of national, state, and private importance, likely to be seriously affected thereby.
You will, therefore, take such steps as you properly can, in bringing these facts to the knowledge of the Mexican Government, as will prevent, if possible, the extension feared. Your proceedings in this regard should be discreet, however, and you are requested to report your action to the Department for its information.
I am, &c.,