The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 86
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accident which befell me on the way up-The Steam boat in which
we were going to Houston struck the ground at night, and the
tarpaulin leaven within me moved me to go out, and watch the peo-
ple heaving her off. A hatch had been carelessly left open, and I
stepped down into the hold; a friendly bale of cotton bringing
me up with just jerk enough to dislocate a rib.
For the first day or two I did not feel the pain very acutely, and
being anxious to see the President, I thought that with fast brac-
ing, and lacing, and gentle riding I might bear the stress of the
journey, but I find now that it would have been more prudent to
take the Doctor's urgent advice, and abide at Houston. At least
50 Miles of the way was through a quick sandy bog, and rough
riding, and a Blanket on the plank (which last retirement I pre-
ferred to half Judge his bed!!) have not helped me. However I
am one of the best practised men of my time to strange accidents,
and hard rubs of all kinds, and I hope to come, straight enough
again, for all that is come and gone.
I found as I anticipated that the President needed no explana-
tion respecting the release of the "Montezuna' and the disallow-
ance of the blockade. He said he would detail to me what he
understood to be the Motives of Her Majesty's Government, and
He had certainly perfectly apprehended them. Being upon the
topic, He requested me to present his Compliments to Lord Aber-
deen, and say that the tone of Mr. Ashbell Smith's correspondence
relating to the release of the "Montezuna" had been a Subjict of
much concern to him. That Gentleman's natural and laudable
anxiety for the interests of his Country had rather hurried and
misled him, but He owed it to him to state that his subsequent
communications to Texas had frankly and fully admitted his own
error.' The President for his own part knew the British Govern-
ment never meant any thing else than it said, and never performed
less than it promised. He had the most abiding confidence in the
Neutral professions, and very friendly dispositions of Her Maj-
'No evidence has been found that Smith made such an admission, but
Houston did mildly state his disapproval of Smith's vigor in the affair
of the Montezuma and Guadalupe (Terrell to Smith, December 7, 1842.
Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas, III, 1057;
in Am. Hist. Assoc. Report, 1908, II.)
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