The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 292
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serve any thing disposing me to modify the opinion that there is
no earnestness upon that subject at Washington on the Potomac.
The Texian Vessels are said to be incompletely manned, with
crews of a mixed character: I make no doubt, however, that they
will be handled with becoming behaviour if any opportunity of
collision presents itself, but I am afraid that there is no room to
expect that this unauthorized proceeding can produce any other
than injurious consequences. If there be success, and the Officer
is sustained by the people here it will be a triumph over the Au-
thority of the Government and the Law, and in other respects
probably not very remote, of extremely unfortunate tendency.
And if there be a reverse the consequences will of course be
very serious. In the mean time the state of the fact is, that these
Vessels are sailing the Seas without due warrant from any con-
stituted Authority. And I have had enough of experience of
Naval Affairs to offer the opinion that the power of the Officer
in Command to maintain any more control over their movements
than may be agreeable to the general will of the Crews, will dis-
appear as soon as it is generally known that He is himself acting
in violation of the orders of his Government
I must not close this despatch without once more assuring
Your Lordship that there is not the least doubt that the step
this Officer has taken is entirely upon his own responsibility, and
contrary to his knowledge of the desire of the Government that
He should repair direct to this Port. I shall consider it my
duty to forward extracts of as much of this despatch to the
Senior Officer of Her Majesty's Ships in the Gulph of Mexico,
as may place him in possession of the circumstances under which
these Vessels are operating, with a suggestion that their move-
ments should be reported to the Commander in Chief, to Her
Majesty's Minister at Mexico, and in the event of any proceeding
of consequence, by any direct means which may present them-
selves to England.
The Right Honorable
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
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