The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
BRITISH CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING TEXAS
EDITED BY EPHRAIM DOUGLASS ADAMS
ABERDEEN TO ELLIOT1
No. 1. Foreign Office.
January 23. 1845.
Your Despatches to No. 15 have been received and laid before
Since the date of my last Despatches, the course which events
have taken, both in the United States and in Mexico, has, been
such as, in the opinion of Her Majesty's Government, to call
for a fresh and more explicit declaration of the views entertained
by Great Britain of the relations between Texas and those Re-
The Annual Message of the President of the United States,2
as well as the Resolutions which have been proposed to Con-
gress with the intention of engaging a vote of the Legislature
in favour of the Annexation of Texas to the Union will have
been received at Galveston long before this Despatch reaches you.
You will also have learnt the communication by President Tyler
of a further Message directed exclusively to that object.
What may be the result in the United States of these re-
doubled exertions on the part of the Advocates of Annexation,
it is impossible with certainty to foresee. Her Majesty's Gov-
ernment hope that the honesty and good sense of a large and
influential portion of the Publick in that Country will resist
the impolicy and danger of committing the conduct of the State,
in a matter of such delicacy, to the direction of Men so violent
and unscrupulous as those who have come forward as the leaders
in this cause. Yet it canot be denied that, under the present
state of excitement, the Legislature might be pledged by a rash
1F. 0., Texas, Vol. 21.
2President Tyler's message, December 3, 1844. (In U. S. Docs., Ser.
No. 449, Doec. I.)
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