The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 26
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
formed Smith that General Woll had announced the renewal of
hostilities between Texas and Mexico.1
(4) Proposal for joint mediation.-From the first Texas
felt unwilling to rely on the efforts of England alone
for the restoration of peace with Mexico. Some weeks
before the treaty between England and Texas on the sub-
ject of mediation went into effect Anson Jones directed
Smith to urge joint interposition by England, France, and the
United States. Smith was in France when he received Jones's
instructions on the subject, and he at once took up the question
with Guizot, the French premier. In the latter part of August,
1842, he wrote to Lord Aberdeen on the subject, saying he under-
stood that the French ambassador in London was instructed to lay
the matter before the English government. The proposal was, in-
deed, at once accepted by France, but it was very distasteful to Eng-
land, which wished no coadjutors in its position as closest Euro-
pean friend of Texas. Before the end of August Smith had re-
turned to London, where he saw Lord Aberdeen and Addington,
his under-secretary. They were of the opinion that Texas should
rely on mediation by England alone, since England's relations with
Mexico were much more cordial than those of France or the United
States. For France had not long before maintained a blockade of
the coast of Mexico, while the United States was very nearly at
war with Mexico owing to correspondence between Daniel Webster,
the American secretary of state, and Bocanegra, the Mexican min-
ister at Washington, in regard to the relations of Texas and their
respective nations. England's unwillingness to enter into the
joint mediation proposed was no doubt intensified by the fact that
her own relations with France were then very cool. In this state
of affairs Texas appealed to the governments of England, France,
and the United States separately to put an end to the war being
waged against her by Mexico, but assured England that Texas
was relying on the powers which had offered their friendly media-
tion and would use no other means to effect an adjustment. It
1Jones to Smith, Jan. 31, June 10, June 15, and July 14, 1843; Elliot
to Jones, June 10, and July 24, 1843; Jones to Ellliot, June 15, 1843;
Smith to Jones, June 16, 1843; Van Zandt and Henderson to Calhoun,
May 15, 1844.
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