The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 29
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Diplomatic Relations of England and Republic of Texas. 29
d'affaires in Texas, that he had just learned of the Andrews move-
ment in England through a private letter from a citizen of Mary-
land. This letter afterwards became the subject of some notoriety
and is thought to have been written by Duff Green, who was a
friend of John C. Calhoun, and who was then in London. Green
in his letter said without qualification that Aberdeen had agreed
to guarantee the interest on a loan to be made to Texas for the
purpose of extinguishing slavery. Upshur, who was somewhat
exercised on the subject, instructed Murphy that the United States
could not permit any such interference. On August 18 Lord
Brougham, who was one of the most conspicuous of the English
abolitionists, brought up the subject of slavery in Texas in the
British House of Lords. In reply to his questions on the subject
Lord Aberdeen spoke at some length, saying among other things
that the government would make every effort to affect abolition
in Texas, and that Brougham could not entertain a more ardent
desire to put an end to slavery than was entertained by Aberdeen
himself. He intimated very strongly that he was negotiating with
Texas on the subject, but declined to communicate any definite in-
formation at the time. On hearing of this Upshur wrote to Ed-
ward Everett, American minister at London, directing him to ob-
tain further information in regard to Aberdeen's negotiation with
Texas. Everett communicated with Ashbel Smith, who was en-
tirely in the dark on the subject and supposed that the negotia-
tion was being carried on in Texas by Captain Elliot. Aberdeen,
however, in an interview gave Everett the truth of the matter.
With Texas directly no negotiations had taken place; but this
statement could not have been meant to cover Aberdeen's tenta-
tive suggestion during the summer of 1842 of the plan for Eng-
land's assisting Texas with money in the policy of abolition which
Smith had reported. As to the proposal made by the abolition
convention, which he was said to have endorsed, he declared that it
had been promptly rejected. He said that the negotiation to
which he referred in his speech in the House of Lords was the
negotiation that he was carrying on with Mexico for the restora-
tion of peace with Texas; for he entertained some hope that Mex-
ico could be induced to recognize Texas on the condition, more or
less clearly expressed, of the abolition of slavery by Texas. He
told Everett that England would not interfere improperly in the
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