The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE BRITISH ARCHIVES
CONCERNING TEXAS, 1837-1846
EDITED BY EPHRAIM DOUGLASS ADAMS
KENNEDY TO BIDWELL1
Life Cert. Circular. On board the Ship. "Ellen Brooks,"
At Sea. December 31st. 1842
I have to report that, from the 16th of November to the present
date, I have been a passenger in the Ship "Ellen Brooks," bound
from Liverpool for New Orleans (U. S.) by way of which city I
am to proceed to Galveston, Texas, there to enter upon the execu-
tion of my duties as Her Britannick Majesty's Consul.
John Bidwell, Esq., etc.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN2
No. 1. Galveston January 5th 1843.
With reference to my despatches No. 10 and No. 18 of last
year, I have now the honor to transmit to Your Lordship the
copy of a note from Mr. Jones, the Secretary of State upon the
subject of those communications.8 Being aware that certain re-
spectable British Merchants here, have duties to pay into the Cus-
tom-house in the course of a month, I propose to call upon this
Government to let those Gentlemen hold themselves liable to me
for the sum of $3840, presenting my acknowledgement to the
Custom-house in satisfaction of their duties to that extent. I can
hardly doubt that it will be in my power to satisfy the Govern-
'F. O., Texas, Vol. 3.
2Ibid., Vol. 6.
8Jones to Elliot, December 24, 1842. In Garrison, Diplomatic Corre-
spondence of the Republic of Texas, III, 1063-1064; in Am. Hist. Assoc.
Report, 1908, II.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101058/. Accessed May 28, 2015.