--A correspondent of the New York Herald
, travelling with the French
army in Mexico
, that paper the following letter written by Napoleon
to General Lorences
, commanding the French
My Dear General:
I have heard with pleasure the brilliant affair of the Congress
, and with mortification the failure of the attack upon Puebla
It is the fate of war to see occasional reverses obscuring the splendor of success; but for this do not be discouraged.
The of the country is engaged, and you shall be obtained by all the support you may stand in need of.
Express to the troops under your orders my entire satisfaction for their courage and their perseverance in supporting the fatigues and privations.
The farther they are away the more my solicitude rests upon them.
I approve of your conduct although it seems that it has not been well understood by all the world.
You have done right in protecting General Almonte
, he being at war with the actual Government of Mexico
All those who would settler themselves under your flag are the same right to our protection.
But this must not in any way influence one future policy.
It is against my interests, my origin and my principles, to impose any government whatever upon the Mexican
it be chosen with all liberty that which may suit them best.
I only demand sincerity in its foreign relations, and I desire but which is the property and of that beautiful country under regular.
With which I renew to you the assurance of my sentiments.
The cruelties of the war in that country are noticed in the two paragraphs below:
An article published in the official journal of Juarez, in Mexico
, against the French
, has been translated into French in Orizabe.
are accused of robbing, burning, pillaging destroying, violating children and old woman, and, in fact, with behaving like so many drunken savages.
It was only these days ago that we passed the scene of the late successful attack of the Mexican
guerrillas upon , and saw the remains of wagons, heaps of canister and rifled can on balls, and other relies of that barbarous affair, to which no quarter was shown to any one. Two French officers, who were invalids, were shot their ears out off and thrust into their mouths.
Two vivandieres were brutally murdered, their bodies were stripped and hung up, and burning faggots thrust into their persons, and other barbarities of less consequence were committed.