Title - James Buchanan, Secretary of State of the United States to John Slidell, appointed United States Minister to Mexico. January 20, 1846.
Date - January 20, 1846
Publication Information - Messages of the President of the United States, with the correspondence, therewith communicated, between the Secretary of War and other officers of the government, on the subject of the Mexican War. Published by: Wendall and van Benthuysen, Washington, 1848
Format - Letters (correspondence)
Collection - The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Special Collections.
Call Number - E404.U59 Library Collections Depository, Special Collections
Description - In January, the U.S. Senate approved Slidell’s recess appointment as minister to Mexico. By this time, however, Buchanan had already learned that the Mexican government was refusing to accept Slidell’s ministerial credentials. The secretary of state rejected as “quibbling” Peña y Peña’s request for a commissioner, believing the Herrera government’s insistence on dealing with the Texas question was an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for the claims of U.S. citizens. Buchanan ordered Slidell to remain in Mexico, believing that the collapse of the Herrera regime, which seemed imminent, would usher in a regime more willing to negotiate with the United States.