The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 34
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34 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
change of attitude on the part of the Mexican government. Aber-
deen received from the British minister to Mexico a written
avowal from Santa Anna of his willingness to recognize Texas
with the Colorado River as boundary. The proposed boundary
was of course preposterous, but Aberdeen considered Santa Anna's
avowal distinctly encouraging, since it admitted the principle of
recognition, which had theretofore been persistently denied, while
there would be a probability of his agreeing to more favorable
terms at a later date. In December, 1844, a ,revolution took place
in Mexico, by which Santa Anna was deposed and Herrera
made president. The new government was disposed to con-
tinue the efforts to make peace. By May 9, 1845, Terrell was
able to report that Aberdeen had received information that the
Mexican government was willing to recognize Texas if that repub-
lic would declare against anexation. England and France accord-
ingly agreed to mediate between the two countries. On March
29 Ashbel Smith, whom Anson Jones, the new president of Texas,
had made secretary of state, signed preliminary proposals for a
treaty, which were put before the Mexican government through
the English and French representatives in Texas and Mexico.
Mexico was to recognize Texas, in return for which Texas was
to bind herself not to become annexed to any other country.
Boundaries were to be decided on in the final treaty, and if the
parties could not agree the subject was to be submitted to um-
pires. To give the mediating powers time to submit these pro-
posals to Mexico, Smith signed a protocol with Elliot and Count
Dubois de Saligny, the French charge d'affaires in Texas, agree-
ing on the part of Texas not to accept any proposals for annexation
to any other country for ninety days. This provision was prac-
tically nullified by a reservation made by Smith that if the peo-
ple of Texas should decide to pursue the policy of annexation the
Texas government might notify England and France to that ef-
fect and without any breach of faith be at liberty to consummate
the same. The proposals were laid before the Mexican govern-
ment, which on May 19, through Luis G. Cuevas, minister of
foreign relations, accepted them. Lord Aberdeen in the mean-
time was exerting himself in other ways to prevent annexation.
As early as July, 1844, Smith had written home from London
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