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
, bearer of dispatches from Mexico
, arrived here on Saturday.
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
is fully confirmed.
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
forces have been closely hemmed in that place, but no attack upon them will probably be made until the disposition of the Emperor
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
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
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
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?