The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 87
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
He then took occasion to place in my hand a letter marked
"Private and Confidential" from General Hamilton dated at
Washington in the United States sometime in the Month of Octo-
ber.1 That Gentleman stated that He had recently had some Con-
versation with General Almonte, the Mexican Minister in the
United States, upon the subject of the difficulties between Mexico
and Texas, and thought He was reasonably disposed, rather
than otherwise. General Hamilton concludes with the offer to
be useful through that Channel, in any way that the President
might suggest. The President wished it to be said to Lord Aber-
deen that He entirely disclaimed this interference upon the part
of General Hamilton. 'He [Houston] had direct official relations
with this Government, [Great Britain] disposed to ,be helpful to
Texas, and He considered it particularly due to Lord Aberdeen
and to himself, to disavow all proceedings of the kind. He would
employ no other channels of Communication than Official and
responsible, and General Hamilton's proposal was the contrary of
suitable or agreeable to him. As nearly as I can remember that
was General Houston's express language, and He particularly
requested that it should be conveyed to Lord Aberdeen as soon as
convenient. I mentioned to him (with reference to his private
letter to me forwarded in my Second Despatch to Lord Aberdeen
of the 16th Ultimo) that I had sent it to England, and was of
course ready for any course Her Majesty's Government might
He expressed himself very obligingly to me, and said that He
had a belief that my visit to Mexico would be productive of ad-
vantage to this Country, and further the purposes of Her Maj-
esty's Government. Whilst I was at Washington I spoke both to
the President and the Attorney General upon the absolute neces-
sity of adjusting the long delayed claims for the "Eliza Russell"
and "Little Pen." They both assured me that the first should be
settled as soon as the Governt. could lay its hand upon a few dol-
lars, which I must know they had not done since my arrival in
the Country. With respect to the second, Mr. Terrell shewed me
an opinion He had given just before my arrival upon a claim pre-
1See two letters from Hamilton to Houston, November 6 and 25, 1842,
in Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas, I, 638-
640; in Am. Hist. Assoc. Report, 1907, II.
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