The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 16
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refuse to ratify the treaties and decline to recognize Texas, but
Peel had replied that the Melbourne ministry had pledged the na-
tional faith by entering into the treaties, and that he could not
decline ratification. On May 31, 1842, Lord Aberdeen signed a
letter accrediting Captain Charles Elliot of the British navy to
the Texas government as British consul-general. Elliot's commis-
sion in this position was dated August 20, 1841, but his appoint-
ment was not completed at the time owing to the delay in regard
to the treaties. On the day that the ratifications were exchanged
Aberdeen signed a letter accrediting Elliot as charge d'affaires
to Texas, and Elliot proceeded at once to his post, announcing his
arrival in Texas in a letter of August 23, 1842, to Secretary Jones
from Galveston. He continued to hold the post of charge d'affaires
until Texas was annexed to the United States, and his relations
with the Texas government were most cordial. He became the
friend of Anson Jones in particular. Texas had for a long time
wished that England would maintain an agent of some sort in
Texas, but the English government had been unwilling to take
the desired action. Now that the appointment had been made,
the convenience of the arrangement from the standpoint of the
Texas government was apparent. Negotiations in regard to the
various English claims against Texas and, in large part, those in
regard to the British mediation in Mexico were thereafter carried
on in Texas, which made it possible to proceed with much greater
III. ENGLAND'S ENDEAVORS TO PREVENT ANNEXATION,
1 The motives.
The key-note of England's dealing with Texas during this period
was opposition to the annexation of that country to the United
States. That she should have exerted herself to this end appears
strange to one looking back from the present time, for it now
'Jones to Hamilton, Jan. 26, 1842; Hamilton to Jones, Feb. 8, 1842;
Kennedy to Smith, June 30, 1842; Smith to Jones, June 3, June 18, July
3, and July 4, 1842; Jones to Aberdeen, Mar. 4, 1842; Aberdeen to Jones,
May 31 and June 28, 1842; Elliot to Jones, Aug. 23, 1842; Irion to Hen-
derson, May 20, 1838; Jones to Kennedy, Feb. 28, 1842.
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