British Correspondence Concerning Texas
CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE BRITISH ARCHIVES
CONCERNING TEXAS, 1837-1846
EDITED BY EPHRAIM DOUGLASS ADAMS
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN1
No. 6. Galveston April 25. 1843.
I have the honor to report that the two Texian Vessels of War
"Austin" and "Wharton" sailed from the N. E. Pass of the Mis-
sissipi on the 19th Instant, destined as it is generally supposed,
to the Coast of Yucatan. It is certain that this step has been
taken by the Commander of the Vessels in spite of repeated posi-
tive orders of this Government to return direct to this Port. And
I am in a situation to inform Your Lordship that the arrange-
ments between that Officer and the persons in authority in Yuca-
tan were made without the sanction of this Government, and have
been disavowed and disapproved in the most unequivocal language
by the President of Texas.2
The embarrassments of this Government upon the subject must
no doubt be much increased, if a report which has recently been
circulated in this place be well founded, and I am disposed to
attach credit to it. That statement is that the Government of
the United States has directed it's Agent here to call upon this
Government to desist from any further pursuit of the unsustain-
able character of Warfare which has been waged between this Re-
public and Mexico for some time past, and has further notified
that Instructions to the same effect will be transmitted to their
Minister at Mexico. I should perhaps mention that I have not
heard that these last instructions direct General Thompson to
press the point of the acknowledgment of the Independence of
Texas on the Mexican Government but merely the cessation of the
objectionable description of Warfare. Neither do I hear or ob-
1F. O., Texas, Vol. 6.
2For additional facts concerning the course pursued by Commodore E.
W. Moore, see THE QUARTERLY, XIII, 113 ff.
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 March 14, 2014.