Mr. Hunter to Mr. de Geofroy

Sir: Referring to your note of the 5th instant, relative to the organization alleged to be in existence within the United States, having for its object the completion of an expedition to Mexico, I have the honor to enclose, for your information, a copy of a communication of the 9th instant from the Attorney General.

Accept, sir, a renewed assurance of my high consideration.

W. HUNTER, Acting Secretary.

L. de Geofroy, &c., &c., &c.

Mr. Speed to Mr. Hunter

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 6th and 8th instant, respectively, enclosing for my information copies of a note and memorandum addressed to your department by Mr. L. de Geofroy, relative to the alleged proceedings of certain persons, within the limits of the United States, to fit out expeditions to Mexico from our ports, and who may bring themselves within the provisions and penalties of the acts of Congress for the preservation of the neutrality of the United States. I thank you for this information, and will address, immediately, letters to the district attorney at New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other places similarly situated, instructing them, in peremptory terms, to exercise the utmost vigilance in the detection and prosecution of persons who may be guilty of offences against the statutes referred to.

I enclose a copy of a letter on the subject, addressed to the district attorney at the city of New York.

A similar letter will be addressed to each of the law officers of the government in the other important districts.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES SPEED, Attorney General.

Hon. W. Hunter, Acting Secretary of State.

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Mr. Ashton to Mr. Dickinson

Sir: I have the honor to enclose you herewith copies of a note and memorandum received at the State Department from the legation of France, calling the attention of the government to certain proceedings alleged to be on foot in your district, and in other districts of the United States, for the purpose of fitting out expeditions to Mexico, with intent to violate the acts of Congress for the preservation of the neutrality of the United States. It is the desire of the government that you exercise proper vigilance and care in the detection and conviction of persons in your district who may bring themselves within the provisions and penalties of the statutes on that subject.

The enclosed documents may serve to indicate the movements of the persons alleged to be engaged in the fitting out such expeditions, with sufficient fullness and precision to enable you, and the marshal of your district, to obtain evidence that will warrant the arrest and binding over of the guilty parties to be of good behaviour, under the Constitution and laws, even if testimony sufficient to convict them cannot now be procured.

The Attorney General does not think it necessary to indicate the particular statutes on the subject of neutrality, with a view to direct you with regard to the means and methods, of your procedure, in order to enforce the law and punish the guilty, with respect to the preservation of the neutrality of the government. He assumes that your acquaintance with the statutes, and zeal and fidelity in the execution of your office, will enable you, whenever a case fit for prosecution or conviction of the kind referred to is presented, to do all that a national sense of justice and dignity, or a foreign state interested in the subject, could require and demand of the executive department, of the government of the United States.

You will please report the receipt of this letter, and the result of your investigation on the subject to which it relates.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. HUBLEY ASHTON, Assistant Attorney General.

Daniel S. Dickinson, Esq., United States District Attorney, New York.