File No. 812.00/5887.

The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.


Action on Department’s January 16, 2 p.m., will be taken tomorrow. Mr. Lascurain declined to see anyone today. General Beltran, in command at Vera Cruz, and Commander Azueta, in charge of the arsenal there, have been removed.

I have instructed Consul Canada to again advise Department if he believes a war vessel necessary at Vera Cruz.


Note.—On January 18 the Ambassador submitted a draft note embodying his own idea of the representations that should be made to Mexico. This paper is printed under “Protection of American life and property in Mexico,” to which subject the draft note is directly related. See p. 886.