Mr. Clayton to Mr. Sherman.
Mexico, October 21, 1897.
Sir: Referring to your Nos. 57, 81, and 114, of July 17, August 12, and September 18, 1897, respectively, and to my No. 96, of September 1, 1897, concerning the claim of the Roman Catholic Church of California growing out of the so-called “Pious fund of the Californias,” I have the honor to report that I am in receipt of a note from Minister Mariscal, dated October 4, 1897, copy and translation inclosed, replying to my note of September 1, 1897, in which the minister takes the position that the proceedings of the joint commission created by the convention of July 4, 1868, can have no bearing or force upon any claim which the Catholic Church of California may set up for interest falling due since February 1, 1869. He seems to indicate that the church should exhaust judicial remedies in Mexico before such a claim could properly become the subject of diplomatic intervention, and states, in express terms, “that at the present time this (his) Government will have to consider diplomatic intervention as premature.”
Having under your instructions thus ascertained the attitude of the Mexican Government toward the claim in question and conveyed said information to you, in the absence of further instructions I shall consider my duty in this case performed.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
- Note.—It is supposed that Mr. Mariscal intended to refer to the period between the signing of the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (February 2, 1848) and exchange of ratifications of the convention of July 4, 1868 (February 1, 1869).↩