The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917

British Correspondence Concerning Texas

on the 13th of December last, it would seem that the only course
now open to the Texan Executive, in regard to the question of
Annexation, is to submit it to the decision of the people
Department of State
Washington 13th Dec. 1844
To The Hon. A. J. Donaldson.8
Charge d' Affaires of the
United States.
The Undersigned, Attorney General of the Republic of Texas,
charged, ad interim, with the direction of the Department of
State, has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Note that
Mr. Donaldson, Charg6 d' Affaires, etc., did him the honor to
address to him, under date of the 10th Instant, communicating
inforation as to the Measures adopted by the President of the
United States to guard the interests of Texas against injuries
likely to result from the renewal of the war upon Texas by
Mexico, on account of the acceptance of the proposition for
Annexation made by the United States, and the avowed mode of
conducting that war, as detailed in the orders of General Woll,
and, the previous decree of the Provisional President; also coin-
municating the Views and suggestions of Mr Donaldson on the
important question of A nexation; and expressing the desire and
expectation of the Executive of his Government that Texas will
continue to-"Maintain her connection with the. cause of An-
nexation, so far, at least, as not to consider it lost, or abandoned,
on account of the late action of the Senate of the United States
upon it."
"The Undersigned is directed, by the President to assure Mr
Donaldson, in reply, that the existing relations between the
United States and Texas, so far as the subject of Annexation is
concerned, will not be affected by any opposing or unfavourable
action on the part of the Executive of the latter. But, in re-
ceiving this assurance, Mr Donaldson cannot but perceive that
8This letter is here printed, though oalendared by Garrison as printed
in Senate Journal, 9th Texas Cong., 195-197.


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