Mr. Jackson to Mr. Bayard.
Mexico, July 22, 1886. (Received July 31.)
Sir: On the evening of the 19th instant, immediately after the receipt of your telegram of that date, I addressed a note to Mr. Mariscal, of which I now forward a copy. I thought it wise, for the purpose of avoiding possible delay in his action, to direct Mr. Mariscal’s attention to the fact that his note of 7th instant, relating to Mr. Cutting’s case, was probably before you when the instruction was sent by wire to me, and was therefore not satisfactory.
After making the demand I telegraphed to Mr. Brigham to give me prompt notice of Mr. Cutting’s release. Having heard nothing from him nor from Mr. Mariscal during the 20th, on the 21st I addressed another note to Mr. Mariscal, a copy of which I also inclose, and late in the evening received his answer, of which a copy and translation are now sent. They go by the earliest mail after the receipt of the original note by me, but were anteceded by a telegram, in the following words:
Instant release of Cutting refused. Reasons given at length. Shall I telegraph them?
I also inclose a translation copy of Article 260, Code of Penal Procedure, referred to in the communication from the governor of Chihuahua to Mr. Mariscal, which accompanied the note of the latter to myself.
I am, &c.,