The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912

Texas Historical Association Quarterly

republic. The archives of Elliot's legation, thus transferred, con-
tain, in addition to the usual material that one would expect to
find there, copies of a great deal of the correspondence between
Aberdeen, the British Foreign Secretary, and British diplomats in
the United States, France, and Mexico. Copies of all important
instructions to these countries, treating of Texan affairs, were sent
to Elliot for his information. In general, all the Texas material
is in very usable shape, being arranged by volumes in chronological
order.
The material here presented has been transcribed by a copyist,
Mr. W. H. Powell, employed by TiHE QUARTERLY, and is printed
exactly as copied. Final comparison of proof with the manu-
scripts in the Record Office has not been feasible, but it is believed
that the matter as now printed is in the main correct, though in
the case of Elliot's letters there is always a chance of error because
of his atrocious handwriting. Here, however, Mr. Powell's copy has
been checked with that of the editor, who had previously himself
made transcripts of the letters. The spelling and punctuation of
the original have been followed, and usually without calling atten-
tion to errors, where the meaning is clear. The chronological order
has been used, save in the case of enclosures, which are marked as
such and follow the letters in which they were enclosed. It is not
intended to print in TI-IE QUARTERLY documents that have else-
where appeared in print, in generally accessible form, but no min-
ute search of printed materials has seemed necessary, save in the
three volumes of "Texan Diplomatic Correspondence" edited by the
late Professor Garrison. The few documents of this collection
there printed or calendared, are here omitted, with notations as to
where they may be found.
CRAWFORD TO BIDWELL1
No. 1. British Consulate
Tampico. 9th February 1837.
Sir,
I have the honour to acquaint you for the information of His
Majesty's Principal Secretary of State, that having received In-

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