Excerpt from The War With Mexico: Speech of Hon. John A. Dix, of New York, in the Senate of the United States, January 26, 1848, on the Bill Reported From the Committee on Military Affairs to Raise, for a Limited Time, an Additional Military Force
Senators are doubtless aware that the right of intervention in the affairs of this continent was formally asserted in the French Chamber of Depu ties, in the year 1845, by M. Guizot, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as the organ of the Government of France. He regarded the great powers on this continent as divided into three groups, namely: Great Britain, the United States, and the States of Spanish origin; and he declared that it belonged to France to protect, by the authority of her name, the independence ofstates, and the equilib riam of the great political forces in America. To this declaration, l have thought it not out of place, in connection with the subject under discussion, to call the attention of the Senate; not for the pur pose of undertaking the formal refutation, of which I think the whole doctrine of intervention, as it has been practically enforced in Europe, is clearly susceptible, but for the purpose of deny ing it as founded upon any well established prin ciples of international law, and, if it had such a foundation, of denying its applicability to the po litical condition of this continent. To enter fully into the examination of this important subject, would require more time than it would be proper for me to devote to it. I propose only to pass rapidly over a few of the principal considerations it suggests.
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