No. 344.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Romero.

Sir: I have the honor to ackowledge the receipt of your note of the 5th instant, concerning the recent engagement which led to the killing of Capt. Emmet Crawford, and in which, after presenting several theories upon the subject, you say:

I might adduce several other considerations in favor of the conviction, which I [you] hold as to this affair; but not being in possession of the facts, which may hereafter be proved as the result of the military investigation ordered by the Government of Mexico, it seems preferable to defer such discussion until that investigation is ended.

As we concur in deeming discussion of details premature, and based merely upon personal conjectures, there appears to be no present advantage in attempting further discussion until the facts are more definitely ascertained.

Accept, sir, &c.,