British Correspondence Concerning Texas
BRITISH CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING TEXAS
EDITED BY EPHRAIM DOUGLASS ADAMS
ELLIOT TO KENNEDY'
Confidential Galveston, Feby. 15th 1846
If the Master of any British Vessel (arriving at this Port after
the Custom House Authorities appointed by the Government of
the Republic have retired from the performance of their duties)
should apply to you for advice, you will guide yourself by these
You will counsel him to proceed to. the Custom House accom-
panied by the IVlate of the vessel admonished to be heedful of
any conversation that may pass at that place between the Chief
person engaged in the Collection of Customs duties and himself.
If he should find that he is permitted to enter under any other
authority than that of some existing revenue or Navigation law
of the Republic of Texas, you will advise him to state that he had
arrived here to trade under the treaty of Commerce and Navi-
gation between Her Majesty The Queen of Great Britain and
Ireland and the Republic of Texas, signed at London November
13th 1840, and whereof ratifications were exchanged at London
June 28th 1842, that he claims the rights privileges, liberties,
favours, immunities and exemptions secured to Her Majesty's
Subjects trading in Texas under that Treaty, and enters protest
against all proceedings taken, or to be taken contrary thereto, as
respects the Ship of which he is Master, and the goods of her
You will further advise him, as soon as any duties shall be
charged against the Ship or Cargo under the authority of any
other than some existing law of the Republic of Texas to pay the
same, and extend his protest, causing it to be served upon the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101073/. Accessed May 6, 2015.