The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 295
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The Case of the Brig Pocket.
gave me a formally ratified copy on the part of the United States.
It was handsomely bound and had the United States seal attached.
A similar ceremonial was expected to have been observed on the
part of Texas, but that being impracticable, under the circum-
stances, he had agreed to waive any difficulties on this score as
I mentioned in my last dispatch.'
In this connection it is interesting to note that this was one of
the only two conventions that Texas ever concluded with the
On May 10, 1839, President Van Buren authorized La Branche
to receive the indemnity and to give the necessary acquittal.2 On
July 6, 1839, one year after the exchange of the ratifications,
James Webb, the Secretary of State of Texas, turned over to La
Branche a draft on the Merchants Bank of New Orleans for twelve
thousand four hundred and fifty-five dollars, that being the
amount stipulated in the convention with the accrued interest.
La Branche on the same day executed a receipt for that amount,
full acquittances to the government of Texas for all claims
against said government of the United States for the capture,
seizure and detention of the brigs Pocket and Durango and for
injuries suffered by American citizens on board the Pocket.
The acquittances were to take effect as soon as the draft should be
paid. On July 18, Robert Coupland of the Merchants Bank wrote
to Webb acknowledging the receipt of the draft and stating that
it had duly honored.3
'Records Department of State, Texas, Book No. 41, p. 149.
'Ibid., p. 200.
1bid., Book No. 36, p. 111; Coupland to Webb, July 18, 1839, in Diplo-
matic Correspondence of United States and Texas.
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