The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 12
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ranged between Mexico and Texas. The ratifications of the con-
vention were to be exchanged at London within nine months. By
this treaty it was hoped that Texas might enlist in her behalf the
interest of the Mexican bondholders, who had theretofore been
antagonistic to Texas because by her revolt she weakened Mexico
financially. Thus it was thought by the Texans that England's
mediation might be stimulated; while, on the other hand, the as-
sumption of the million pounds of debt was held out as a bribe to
the Mexican government and a salve to the wounded pride of the
Mexican people. At the same time a third treaty was signed, for
the suppression of the African slave-trade. It was England's
policy at this period to have the slave-trade branded as piracy by
treaties contracted with all the principal powers of the world, and
Lord Palmerston insisted on negotiating such a treaty with Hamil-
ton, to whom, apparently as well as to the Texas people in general,
it was very unpalatable. The treaty designated certain waters in
which vessels of the British navy that had received authority for
the purpose from the Texas government might search Texas ves-
sels and, if they were found to be engaged in the slave-trade, take
them to designate ports for condemnation, and corresponding au-
thority was given to the Texas navy. It may seem strange that
England should have insisted on making such a treaty with Texas,
considering the improbability that Texas vessels would for some
time at least engage in any considerable numbers in the slave-
trade or in any other trade. Palmerston's conduct in the matter
was probably explained for the most part by a desire to justify
his recognition of Texas; for antislavery feeling was strong in
England at the time, and Palmerston felt that lie could not afford
to grant recognition to Texas until she should make some con-
cession to it. It is possible also that he looked forward to a time
when Texas would have a merchant marine large enough to make
such a treaty desirable, and he saw that the present weakness of
Texas which made such a treaty almost useless also made it easily
obtainable; while the strength which she might later attain would
make the treaty desirable but also difficult to be secured. And
he seems to have had another and more immediate reason for his
policy. The British government was anxious to conclude such a
treaty with the United States. The United States, while desiring
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906, periodical, 1906; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101036/m1/16/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.