The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 293
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Diplomatic Relations of Texas and the United States 293
To summarize: shortly before the election of Lamar annexation
was dropped and new issues became paramount in the Texan for-
eign policy. Bee and later Treat were sent to Mexico for the
purpose of obtaining the recognition of Texan independence, but
the overtures were rejected. Dunlap and afterward Bee attempted
to induce the United States to act as mediator, but the idea was
received coldly by the Van Buren administration.
Texas next opened negotiations for a commercial treaty, but
before much progress was made Bee was recalled by the new Hous-
ton administration and Reily appointed. The Texas .government
at once showed that annexation was in mind. The VAsquez raid
occurring in March, 1842, the United States was again asked to
mediate, and in response Thompson, the American Minister to
Mexico, was instructed to say that his government would act as
mediator if Mexico desired. But before the American attitude
could be made known, the Mexican government charged the United
States with a breach of neutrality. After a spirited correspond-
ence, Mexico ceased to be belligerent but rejected the idea of
The question of a commercial treaty came to the front again in
July, 1842, an agreement being reaohed between Webster and
Reily. The treaty was ratified by the Texan Senate; the United
States Senate, however, accepted it in a changed form 'which made
it unacceptable to the Texan government and it never went into
General Woll's invasion having occurred, Van Zandt, the suc-
cessor of Reily, again asked for American mediation, suggesting
that the United States act in concert with England and France.
Webster's course, however, proved dilatory.
The Texan government now tried to interest the United States
by making her jealous of the growing influence of England. Early
in 1843 Santa Anna opened negotiations with Texas, and the need
of American assistance for the time being was not felt. Webster
soon afterward retired, and Upshur became Secretary of State.
The matter of annexation was now rapidly brought forward and
became the absorbing question of the day.
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