The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 15
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Diplomatic Relations of England and Republic of Texas. 15
the date for the exchange was advanced to August 1, 1842, so that
the treaties were prevented from lapsing.1
(4) Ratifications exchanged and Elliot sent to Texas as charge
d'affaires.-In December, 1841, the term of the Lamar administra-
tion expired, and Sam Houston again became president with Anson
Jones as secretary of state. The new administration proceeded to
make a clean sweep of the diplomatic and consular service. Jones
wrote a curt dispatch to Hamilton in which he directed him to re-
turn to Texas at his earliest convenience, and stated that it was
not thought necessary to send him formal letters of recall, as diplo-
matic relations had not been established with any of the courts
to which he was accredited. This statement was true enough; but
it did very scant justice to Hamilton, who in negotiating treaties
with England and the Netherlands had done all that could have
been expected of him and more than his predecessor had done,
and who was in no way responsible for the delay of the Texas gov-
ernment in ratifying the treaties. He seems to have been already
on his way home when his recall was sent out, for on February 8,
1842, he wrote to Jones from Austin. At the same time Ikin was
removed from the Texas consulate at London and replaced by
William Kennedy with the rank of consul-general. Kennedy's
tenure of the office was short, for after Texas had finally been rec-
ognized he accepted the position of British consul at Galveston and
was succeeded in London by Lachlan M. Rate. Ashbel Smith was
appointed Texas charge d'affaires to England and France as suc-
cessor of Hamilton, and on his arrival in London in May, 1842,
he took up with Lord Aberdeen the matter of exchanging the rati-
fications of the treaties. Aberdeen at first thought that this ac-
tion should be delayed until August 1, according to the terms of
the protocol he had signed with Hamilton; but Smith succeeded
in persuading him so to hasten matters that the ratifications were
finally exchanged on June 28. It was claimed that the delay was
due, in part at least, to the remonstrances against recognition made
by the Mexican charge d'affaires. Some influence had been
brought to bear on Sir Robert Peel by O'Connell and others to
1Hamilton to Lipseomb, Dec. 3, 1840, and Jan. 4, 1841; Ikin to May-
field, May 18, and June 3, 1841; Burnley to Burnet, Feb. 21, 1841; Miller
to Jones, Jan. 22, 1842; Hamilton to Jones, Feb. 18, and Mar. 4, 1842;
Kennedy to Jones, May 6, 1842; Smith to Jones, June 3, 1842.
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