New York Times, "A Recognition of President Juarez," November 5, 1858

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    "A Recognition of President Juarez," New York Times, November 5, 1858, p. 4: 5.
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    A Recognition of President Juarez.

    Diplomacy has its own little eccentricities. One of them is illustrated in another column of the TIMES, where is given the substance of dispatches from Commander DAHLGREN, in reference to the forced loans extorted from American traders at Tampico. That officer, in charge of the Plymouth, was sent to Vera Cruz, it will be remembered, to bring away Mr. FORSYTH. Mr. FORSYTH, however, in his inexplicable attachment to the Mexican capital, has lingered, and failed even at the latest advices to produce himself at his point of embarkation, and by way of beguiling the time, Commander DAHLGREN ran down to Tampico, with an eye to the protection of United States citizens resident there.

    He found two merchants claiming that character, who had been victimized by General GARZA, the local military chief. He at once remonstrated with Garza, extracting an expression or two of regret at the outrage, but declining to interpose, as the matter was the subject of judicial investigation; and also declining to pledge himself against the repetition of the measure. Satisfied that nothing could be done with this intractable gentleman, the American captain opened communication with JUAREZ, the Constitutional President of the Republic, claiming indemnity and security. The reply, transmitted through Señor OCAMPO, the Constitutional Secretary of State, promises both, and is transmitted to our State Department, and thence to the public, as a gratifying solution of a diplomatic difficulty.

    The eccentricity we have alluded to lies here. Our Government made haste last January to recognize the Government of ZULOAGA as the legitimate rule of Mexico, thus determining the pretensions of JUAREZ to that character to be fraudulent. So far as the United States are concerned, the latter is strickly a private individual in a state of revolt against the proper authorities. No step, therefore, could be more extraordinary than to open intercourse with him, bogus as he is, correspond with his bogus Foreign Secretary, and accept his official assurances as to many authoritative guarantees. Of course, the Executive organ will have no trouble in showing the proceeding to be strictly en regle; but, in the absence of such cunning gloss, there is a strong flavor of inconsistency about it.

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