The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 25
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Diplomatic Relations of England and Republic of Texas. 25
sent to Smith a formal declaration to be laid before Eng-
land and France informing them that, unless before the
meeting of Congress in the following December peace or a
satisfactory armistice had been concluded between Texas and Mex-
ico, Texas would commence offensive war. Before this declara-
tion, however, was presented, other instructions were received by
Smith, and it was only shown informally to the English and
French governments; for on June 9 Captain Elliot received a let-
ter from Percy W. Doyle, the British charge d'affaires in Mexico,
who said that Santa Anna had agreed to order a cessation of hos-
tilities if President Houston would do likewise, and to receive
commissioners from Texas. Houston accordingly proclaimed a
cessation of hostilities on June 15. By July 24 Elliot was able to
state the Mexican position more clearly. Mexico still insisted,
he said, on a recognition of her sovereignty over Texas in any
agreement that might be reached, and he thought there was little
likelihood of her receding from the demand. He was very anxious,
however, to have Texas enter upon the negotiation for what it
might be worth, and thought that Texas by making the nominal
concession of Mexican sovereignty could obtain peace, security,
and virtual independence. The English government was not so
enthusiastic on the subject, for Smith said that Aberdeen and
Addington had told him that they had heard Santa Anna was
going to make propositions to Texas concerning it, but they
thought that, since Santa Anna had said that he could not main-
tain his position for two days if he should entertain the question
of recognizing the independence of Texas, these propositions did
not promise a permanent peace. Aberdeen said that he did not
think the propositions had anything to do with English media-
tion. But the Texas government took the matter up and sent
commissioners to negotiate with General Woll. After some delay
the commissioners drew up and signed an armistice, which the
Texas government refused to ratify because in form it was not
sufficiently respectful to Texas, and also because the Mexican gov-
ernment failed to give notice that it had ratified the proposed
agreement. Accordingly by July, 1844, the Texas government in-
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