The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 93
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
on very serious impression that the subject is of much moment,
and that the crisis for it's conclusive and advantageous treatment
is at hand, and may soon pass away.
Thus impressed I use the freedom to say that it was pleasant
to me to find that Lord Aberdeen had declined the proposal of a
triple Mediation.' In my poor judgment there is no advantage
to be derived from any association with the Government of the
United States in that matter.
They are ill liked by the Mexicans, and there seems reason to
doubt their own earnestness, or sincerity upon the subject of a
recognition of Texian independence by Mexico. The N. E. and
free States probably believe that the Independence and progress
of Texas upon the present footing with respect to Slavery, would
be the next most inconvenient thing (so far as their weight in
the Union is considered) to it's formal annexation. The S. W.
.States have always frankly desired it's annexation.
The people of Texas are gasping for peace, and the best bidder.
I believe that the only safe solution would be a formal offer upon
the part of Her Majesty's Government to Texas, to secure the close
of this contest upon the basis of It's consenting to place Itself in
a position of real Independence, by an immediate and thorough
organization of It's social, political and Commercial Institutions
and policy upon sound, and independent principles; an[d] further
offering every reasonable facility to England to negociate such a
loan as would be necessary to accomplish the proposed objects.
So far as I can see there is no choice between this, and the vir-
tual, early, and permanent lapse of Texas within the sphere of
United States influence, and policy; and I cannot help adding
here, that I do not believe that the Government and people of the
United States have just or Moderate purposes with respect to
Mexico. To. put Texas between them with a steadily constituted
"Ashbel Smith, on instructions from Anson Jones, had proposed to
France in July, 1842, that she join with Great Britain and the United
States in urging Mexico to make peace with Texas. Guizot approved the
plan and suggested it to Aberdeen, but the latter preferred to have
Great Britain act separately, and declined the overture in October, 1842.
(Adams, British Interests and Activities in Texas, 117-119.) On De-
cember 7, 1842, Elliot, in a private letter to Houston, stated Aberdeen's
refusal, and transmitted the substance of the correspondence between
England and France. (Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of the Re-
public of Texas, I, 637, in Am. Hist. Assoc. Report, 1907, II.)
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