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The French invasion of Mexico.

--In the Washington correspondence (June 17) of the New York Herald, we find the subjoined allusion to the situation of affairs in Mexico:

E. L. Plumb, Esq., bearer of dispatches from Mexico, arrived here on Saturday. Mr. Plumb left the City of Mexico on the 21st ult. and Vera Cruz 1st inst. He brings the ratified copies of the Postal Convention and extradition treaty concluded with Mexico in December last, the ratifications of which were exchanged in the City of Mexico on the 20th ultimo.

The news of the defeat of the French at Puebla is fully confirmed. The Mexican forces were not, as has been stated, in greater number than the French. On the contrary, they were in less numbers, and a portion of them only had the advantage of entrenchments. The fight was bravely contested on both sides, but in each of the three determined charges the French were valiantly repulsed and forced to retire.

Since their retreat to Orizaba the French forces have been closely hemmed in that place, but no attack upon them will probably be made until the disposition of the Emperor is known. It is still hoped he will withdraw his support from the reckless schemes of Saligny and Almonte. The policy of the Constitutional Government thus far has been purely defensive, and no feeling of animosity has as yet been aroused against either the French people or the Emperor, but the hatred against Saligny and Almonte and their partisans is intense.

The above, it must be remembered, is a Yankee version of affairs. Whatever of truth or falsehood there is in it, time will develop; still, our opinion is that Napoleon knows what he is about. By way of showing the view taken in the United States of this Mexican imbroglio, we copy the closing paragraph of along editorial in the same number of the Herald, headed ‘"The Gordian Knot of Napoleon's Destiny:"’

But whatever course the Emperor of the French may take, it now becomes the solemn duty of the President of the United States and of his Secretary of State to issue a strong manifesto against any further steps on the part of France to carry out its schemes of Mexican conquest. Let our ancient friend and ally have fair warning; for there is nothing surer written in the book of fate than that the people of the United States will never permit the conquest of Mexico by any European power. If Napoleon persists in the attempt, it will assuredly result in his downfall and the ruin of his dynasty.

After hearing of the threat implied in this paragraph, will not Napoleon hide his diminished head, and leave Mexico to work out her own destiny as best she can? Perhaps so!

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