The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 91
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas'
first rapine is on the side of the Civilized savage, and then of
course, there is nothing for it but to kill these poor wretches, or
to be killed by them.
I am cordially for the President's favorite remedy in the case
of outrage to Indians. You will judge by the general tone of His
Message that we are in a sorry, and very inflamed condition, but
they do not appear to be in a much sounder state in Mexico, and
sure I am that Texian means of defence are more to be depended
upon, than Mexican means of offence.-But it would be a wise and
a great policy to put peace between them, starting this Country
upon principles that would gradually detach her from the United
States connexion, and bind her to the Countries South West of
Her, enduringly-Reflection strengthens me in the persuasion that
such a combination is practicable,-and I hope I am not stepping
beyond my place in expressing the opinion, that it is a policy rec-
ommended by very high considerations.
Free labor, and a steady Government at this point, would make
it a station of great interest, on a theatre of great and growing
importance. I am almost ashamed to forward you this letter, but
with a hard hand at the best, I would add, that it is painful to
me . . .1 much just now, and I write with more difficulty
than usual. Requesting your excuse-
And begging you to present my respects to Lord Aberdeen, and
H. U. Addington, Esqre. etc.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN'
No. 18. Galveston December. 14th. 1842
During my recent visit to. Washington I took an opportunity to
call Mr. Terrell's attention to the note which I had addressed to
this Government on the 26th September upon the subject of the
IF. 0., Texas, Vol. 4. No. 16, Elliot to Aberdeen, enclosing Houston's
Message of December 1, 1842; and No. 17, enclosing copy of letter Terrell
to Elliot, October 16, 1842, are omitted.
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