The Southwestern Historioal Quarterly
BRITISH CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING TEXAS
EDITED BY EPHRAIM DOUGLASS ADAMS
KENNEDY TO ABERDEEN'
No 7. Her Majesty's Consulate
April. 3d. 1845.
On the 22d ultimo, I had the honor to address a communica-
tion to Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, in the United
States, mentioning, in the following terms, a report which had
"- - I have heard-and on what I am entitled to call good
authority-that preparations are in progress in the United States
for raising a force of ten thousand men, with a view to the in-
vasion of the Mexican Provinces south of the Rio Grande. I
have reason to believe that secret communications have for some
time been carried on, between certain of the Federal leaders in
those Provinces, and parties resident in Texas, who, at present,-
I am told-are in the United States, urging forward the Mili-
tary preparations reported to be in progress."
The force to be raised, and the object for which it was to be
organized, were lately announced in Galveston, by Doctor Branch
T. Archer,2 formerly Secretary of War in Texas, and (I am
informed) cousin to a, gentleman of the same name, who is a
Senator of the United States' Congress, and who, during its last
Session, acted as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Re-
From the subjoined Note, addressed by the Acting Secretary
of State of Texas to the Charg6 d' Affaires of the United States,
"F. O., Texas, oV1. 14.
'A leader in the Texan revolution. B. 1790, d. 1856. Archer was a
physician in Pennsylvania, until 1831, when he went to Texas. After
independence, he was for a time speaker of the House of Representa-
tives. He also filled the position of secretary of war, but retired from
active political life in 1842, because of ill health. (Appleton, Cyclop.
of A4 mer. Biography.)
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