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If however there should be no need for my immediate return,
I will request Your Lordship to sanction my continued absence
till the beginning of the Month of November.
To The Right Honorable, The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
KENNEDY TO ABERDEEN3
Private. Her Majesty's Consulate.
Galveston August 14th. 1844.
General Howard, the new American Charg6 d'Affaires, has
reached the seat of Government, and presented his credentials.
It was his intention, when he left Galveston, to remain at Wash-
ington on the Brazos, for the transaction of business. It is said
that he is directed to apply for an extension of the time for the
completion of the arrangements incidental to the Treaty of An-
nexation. The additional term, mentioned is three months. In
return (it may be supposed) for this Concession, he has, it is
alleged, repeated to President Houston the assurance that the
land and naval forces of the United States will be ready to assist
Texas, in the event of a Mexican invasion.
I have had letters from British Traders in Western Texas, ex-
pressing strong apprehensions of the early outbreak of hostilities
between Mexico and Texas.-Some have applied for passports, to
protect themselves and their property. There is hardly a symp-
tom of preparation here to repel an invasion, should the threats
of Mexico assume a practical form. There has been no further
inroad at Corpus Christi. The farmers are quietly watching the
progress of their Crops which promise to be most abundant.
A Mexican invasion will greatly facilitate the designs of the
United States, and will go a good way towards placing the settle-
ment of the affairs of this Country beyond the reach of diplomacy.
Now that the Yellow Fever is among us, people cease to antici-
pate the return of the Ministers of England and France until
winter.-The United States will, as heretofore, have the field to
themselves, but I shall use my best endeavours to keep Your Lord-
ship apprized of the course of events.-Mr. Pakenham is desirous
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