The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 10
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negroes supposed to be detained in slavery in that republic. One
of the negroes in question was said to have been sold from among
the crew of a British vessel in 1833 or 1834, and several others
had been unlawfully introduced into Texas by John Taylor of
Barbados. When Hamilton closed his mission on April 21, 1840,
he was able to report that he had recovered five of the negroes he
was seeking. The exertions of the Texas government in his behalf
seem to have been satisfactory, for about a year later Lord Pal-
merston wrote to President Lamar expressing the thanks of Lord
John Russell, the colonial secretary, for a letter written to Rus-
sell in October, 1840, on the subject.'
4. Failure of Henderson's mission.
When General Henderson went to Paris in 1838 he took with
him letters of introduction from Palmerston to Earl Granville,
the British ambassador at Paris, through whom he was able to
keep informed as to Palmerston's attitude in the matter of recog-
nizing Texas. Having obtained French recognition and negotiated
a commercial treaty with France, he returned to Texas, but stopped
in London long enough to see Lord Palmerston and to ascertain that
the English government was still unwilling to go the length of
recognition. By this time Texas and the United States had be-
come somewhat piqued by England's delay in the matter. Chris-
topher Hughes, who represented the United States at Stockholm,
interested himself personally relative thereto, and spoke a good
word for Texas to Lord Palmerston. Cass, the United States min-
ister at Paris, corresponded with Henderson and advised him to
secure the recognition of as many Continental powers as possible,
and so to force England into recognition by the strength of Euro-
pean public opinion. Henderson spoke of the possibility of in-
ducing England to grant recognition by laying discriminating du-
ties upon her commodities, but the Texas government seems to
have been wise enough to understand the undesirability of a com-
mercial war with that country, except as a last resort.2
1Macgregor to Lamar, Dec. 26, 1839, and accompanying document marked
"D"; Palmerston to Lamar, Apr. 8, 1841.
2Henderson to Irion, Apr. 12, 1838; Hughes to Jones, June 10, 1839;
Henderson to Burnet, Aug. 5, and Oct. 11, 1839.
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