The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 141
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England and Mexico, 1824-1895.
are increasing daily, and though they nominally recognize the au-
thority of the Mexican Government, a very little time will enable
them, to set at defiance any attempt to enforce it. . . . General
Wavell has, I believe, a considerable share, [of the land] but he
is, I understand, almost the only Englishman, who has applied for
land in Texas. The rest of the settlers are all American-Back-
woodsmen, a bold and hardy race, but likely to prove bad subjects,
and most inconvenient neighbors. In the event of a rupture be-
tween this country and the United States, their feelings and
earlier connections will naturally lead them to side with the latter;
and in time of peace their lawless habits, and dislike of all re-
straints, will, as naturally, induce them to take advantage of their
position which is admirably adapted for a great smuggling trade,
and to resist all attempts to repress it. In short, Mexico, though
she may gain in point of numbers, will not, certainly, acquire any
real strength, by such an addition to her population. . . . Not
knowing in how far His Majesty's Government may conceive the
possession of Texas by the Americans, to be likely to affect the
interests of Great Britain, I have not thought it right to go be-
yond such general observations upon the subject, in my communi-
cations with this Government, as appeared to me calculated to
make it perceive the danger, to which it is wilfully exposing itself.
Were but one hundredth part of the attention paid to practical
encroachment, which will be bestowed upon anything like a verbal
cession, Mexico would have little to fear."
There is reason to believe, from this correspondence, that the
tendencies of the western movement in Texas were recognized by
England before even the settlers realized that which was coming
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