SEPTEMBER 26TH, 1865: Several of Maximilian's ministers objected to Maury's immigration plans and effectively stalled them. Maury, unaccustomed to having his pans derailed, took shortcuts through the imperial household. Empress Carlotta handled many of these plans.
This date she agreed to Maury's request to have former Major General Bankhead Magruder appointed to head a land office at a salary of $3,000 a year, with a large number of surveyors under him who were needed to assist in the classification of land titles.
Magruder, a native of Virginia, had graduated from West Point, and served in the United States Army with distinction until 1861, then serving ably in the Confederate Army. He had announced that he would bring his family to Mexico to live.