The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 37
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Diplomatic Relations of England and Republic of Texas. 37
governments that Texas would no longer look for a settlement
of its affairs from the mediation of friendly powers, but would rely
solely on its own resources, pursuing its welfare and honor as seemed
best, and that if it chose to maintain its independence it would
force the acknowledgment thereof from Mexico. His second and
last dispatch from London, written on June 3 on the eve of his
return to Texas, while making no mention of this notification, left
the inference that it had been made, for he said he considered his
longer stay in London unnecessary. By his departure he in fact
broke off relations between England and Texas by admitting that
annexation was a practical certainty. Smith's action was, of
course, taken in ignorance of the course pursued by General Her-
rera's government. By the proposals signed by the minister of
foreign relations, Cuevas, on May 19, 1845, and transmitted to
President Anson Jones on June 2 by Captain Elliot the very alter-
native which Smith had spoken of as so desirable was put before
the people of Texas. By accepting the proposals of Cuevas Texas
would be assured of peace with Mexico while she would retain
her independence and the friendship of France and England. If
she preferred, however, to become annexed to the United States she
could do so by accepting the proposition offered by the American
Congress. Jones on June 4 issued a proclamation informing the
people of Texas that the alternative existed. On June 6 an extra-
ordinary session of the Texas Congress met on Jones's call at Wash-
ington, Texas, to consider the question of annexation, and such
other matters as might be laid before it. The proposals of the
Mexican government, were submitted to the Senate, but they were
rejected, and soon afterwards Congress adopted the resolutions ac-
cepting the offer from the United States. Jones also called a
convention to meet at Austin on July 4, and to this convention he
submitted both the resolutions for annexation and the Mexican
proposals. But the convention, like the Congress, approved the
terms of annexation and disregarded the proposals of Mexico, pro-
ceeding to the adoption of a constitution for Texas as a State of
the American Union. Thus the hopes of England were finally
disappointed, and the English policy was definitely defeated.'
'Terrell to Smith, May 9, 1845; Smith to Terrell, Feb. 10, 1845; Smith
to Allen, May 17, and June 3, 1845; Jones to Alleye de Cyprey, June 6,
1845; Brown, History of Texas, II 305-307.
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