The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 415

British Correspondence Concerning Texas

Secret. Galveston October 31st. 1843.
My Lord,
In a conversation with the President yesterday, he placed in
my hand an original despatch from Mr. Van Zandt, Charge d'
Affaires from this Republic in the United States, to the Secretary
of State of Texas, dated at Washington on the 18th Ultimo. The
President did not offer to furnish me with a Copy of the de-
spatch, neither did I consider it suitable to ask for one, and I
can therefore only furnish Your Lordship with a general state-
ment of its contents from memory. But I read it with atten-
tion, and I do not think that any material point has escaped my
Mr. Van Zandt begins by stating, that he had called a day
or two before at the Office of the Secretary of State upon a sub-
ject of trifling importance but Mr. Upshur interrupted his repre-
sentations by remarking that He was glad to see him, for he had
been on the point of writing to request him to converse on a mat-
ter of moment. He then entered eagerly into the subject of the
annexation of Texas to the United States, expressing niuch hope
that the Government of Texas had not changed it's policy upon that
point. The President informed me, at this place of Mr. Van
Zandt's despatch, that upon announcing the late Armistice to that
Gentleman, He had been desired to take an occasion of verbally
acquainting the Government of the United States, that the gen-
eral Instructions to the Agents of this Govermnent near that of
the United States upon the subject of Annexation must be con-
sidered to be no longer of force, I use General Houston's lan-
guage; "that, that door was closed."

1F. O., Texas, Vol. 6.


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