The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 22
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
During the first six months of Smith's stay in Europe the
greatest share of his attention was occupied by an incident which
in its ultimate outcome was unimportant, but which from the light
it casts on the attitude of the English government is very in-
structive. On May 6, 1842, four days before Smith's arrival in
London, William Kennedy, the Texas consul-general at that place,
wrote to John H. Brower, the Texas consul at New York, in re-
gard to a vessel, the Guadalupe, that was being built at Liverpool
for the Mexican government. She was an iron war-ship of about
seven hundred tons, and was to be ready for sea in June. The
matter is mentioned in the first letter written from London by
Smith, who also speaks of another war-ship, the Montezuma, be-
ing built at London for Mexico, and says that he will protest to
the British government in order, if possible, to prevent their de-
parture from England. He had an interview with Lord Aberdeen
on May 31, when the subject was brought up. Aberdeen did not
think that the government would be willing to detain the vessels,
and thought that its policy would be to permit both Mexico and
Texas to obtain in England such supplies as they wished. The
Montezuma turned out to be even larger than the Guadalupe.
Smith received reliable information that they were being built for
use against Texas and Yucatan, and that they were contracted for
by Lizardi and Co., the Mexican house with which Texas was al-
ready unpleasantly acquainted. Their crews were recruited in
England, and their commanders were officers in the English navy.
Smith exerted himself energetically to prevent the vessels from
sailing. On June 14 he sent a formal protest to Lord Aberdeen,
declaring that the incident was inconsistent with the friendly rela-
tions existing between England and Texas. Aberdeen, however,
declined to act, merely stating that the government had refused to
grant permission to arm the vessels in English ports. On July
1, Smith wrote Aberdeen again, calling attention to reports that the
vessels were built under the auspices of Lord Melbourne's min-
istry, and that the admiralty had furnished the plans and models
for them and had assigned officers to command them, although
they were built expressly to act against Texas. Aberdeen replied
that the vessels were not armed, and that no officers of the Brit-
ish service would be permitted to serve in the Mexican navy against
Texas. In the meantime the Gaudalupe sailed. Smith felt that
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