The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 77
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
that opposition would only provoke their precipitate purposes.
With hard fare at the point of assembly, skilful delays on the part
of the President, and an abundant measure of mutual laudation,
the fit passes away innocently enough.-
You desire me to remark that the release of the "Montezuma,"
anid the disallowance of the Blockade are not to be taken as evi-
dences of ill will to Texas or partiality to Mexico There will be
no difficulty in making the President understand this because his
conceptions are founded upon larger notions of direct motives, and
straight proceedings than those of most men in this Republic. In
regard to the public, the case is different. The suspiciousness of
the United States races, and absurd imputation of the policy and
conduct of our Government to recondite Motives, and perfidious
purposes, afford unhappily the most convincing and distressing
proof of their own twistiness and unfriendly feeling. They can-
not believe in open or fair dealing, because, speaking generally,
they are without the ideas or impulses which makes such conduct
intelligible. The consequence of this moral and blundering blind-
ness is manifesting itself just now amongst the good folks of
Texas in a pretty general belief that Her Majesty's Government
are sitting early and late in London, debating to and fro, how to
compass the strangulation of this young Hercules, and it is prob-
able that we shall have some songs to that tune during the ap-
proaching Session of Congress.
Driven away by some of those springs of local politics, feuds
and jealousies, which run into such long streams of talk and
knavis[h]ness, on this side of the Atlantic, and are so insignifi-
cent and unintelligible every where else, the President has con-
vened Congress to assemble at Washington on the Brazos, where
there are 12 or 13 Wooden shanties, and to which place there are
no means of getting except in an ox train, or on a Bat horse. My
worthy American Colleague Mr. Eve, who is suffering from indis-
position, has requested me to wait till He is well enough to accom-
pany me, for the sake of Company, and better protection against
Indians, or Mexicans, or wild beasts, and we are then to set forth
to this Legislature in the Provinces with such appointments to do
Honor to our respective Countries, as may find place in two pair
of Saddle Bags.-The President writes to me in a private Note
a few days since, that He finds things at Washington rather raw
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