DOCUMENT No. IV.
SEAL OF THE MEXICAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Section of America.
The Minister of War has transmitted to this department, in a dispatch dated the 5th instant, a communication from the Governor of Chiapas dated the 1st of October last, in which he says that he transmits a copy, containing 14 pages, of the depositions made by the criminals, Samuel Palmer and Florencio García, and of the investigation made concerning their statement that the President of Guatemala favors the filibustering projects organized in that republic against Mexico.
From these documents it appears that Palmer and García, the former a negro from Belize and the latter a Spaniard, the manager of the coffee plantation of Don Joaquin Cárdenas, near El Rodeo, Guatemala, formed a part of the band of invaders who sacked the town of Tuxtla Chico on the night of September 20, 1880, García having acted as second in command. In their depositions they stated, among other things, that the expedition in question was organized and armed within the territory of Guatemala, with the knowledge of the