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                              M 1XICo.                            525
that direction. I think the President extended that permission under a
provision of the constitution of Liberia which favors the interests of
Christian missions in this country.
  I have ventured to write somewhat at leingth upon the subject of these
new mission interests, not only because the aggression of Christian
missions upon heathenism is always the harbinger of the highest civil-
ization, but because it does not appear to me that any two movements
in Liberia made hitherto have been more capable, if strongly supported,
of material contribution at one and the same time to the welfare of the
aboriginal tribes, and to secure the final permanency of democratic insti
tutions of government in these parts of Western Africa. This effort of
those two American churches is a direct assault on Mohammedism and
upon the superstitious traditions and fetish worship of the African tribe
who dwell in this quarter ; meanwhile, if successful in combining with
their usual religious and secular training, manual labor, schools for the
children of the tribe, there is little reason to doubt that after a few years
those schools would furnish Liberia with a desirable class of artisan labor
as well as commercial intercourse with those people who dwell far distant
in the interior of Africa. It may not be amiss, therefore, to express the
hope that these new efforts may be seconded by a corps of thoroughly
competent, efficient Christian missionaries and teachers, strong enough
in numbers to make effectual lasting impressions for good on'the tribe
in whose immediate midst the work is necessarily to be done.
       I ha~ve, &c.,
                                             J. MILTON TURNER,
                                No. 328.
                        Mr. Foster to ]I1ir. JEvarts.
 No. 606.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                  Mexico, September 28, 1877. (Received October 15.)
   SIR: The opening of Congress, which should have occurred on the 16th
 instant, did not take place until the 19th instant on 'account of the want
 of a quorum in the senate. The usual ceremonies occurred at the latter
 date, with an address from the President of the republic, of which I in-
 close herewith a copy and translation.
       am,, &c.,
                                               JOHN W. FOSTER.
                             [Inclosure in No. 606.]
                            SEPTEMBER, 1877.
                [From the Two Republics, Saturday, September 29, 1077.]
   CITIZNmm DEPUTIES ; CITIZEN SENATOR';: If the installation of the legislat~ive
 ordinuarilyindicates the regularity of the march of the Government, it has
,in the opening
 of to-day, a double and important signification ; it not only fixes the
dividing line be-
 tween the irregular period which completely terminates at the present moment
and the
 full constitutional order which is initiated, bnt it places definitely the
seal of legality
 upon the acts of the revolution, as the constituent Congress placed it upon
those of the
 revolution of Ayntla, from which emanates our grand code of 1S57. I believe
it therefore

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