The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 427
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
obligations of public comity to friendly Powers. The statement,
however, that a British flag was taken in action at all, is void of
foundation, and the unavoidable conclusion is, that the Mexican
Government, has fabricated an explanation of it's conduct, which
would have been discreditable in the last degree if it had been
If there is any military person amongst your colleagues, I am
sure he will testify to the correctness of this exposition of mili-
tary usage, and probably satisfy the Mexican Government of the
unfortunate attitude in which it has placed itself by this un-
semmly adoption of the false report of this Commanding officer
at Meir. His immediate and examplary punishment, and the
most signal, and public proof of their own respect for the flag of
.a friendly Power, are steps far more necessary for their own re-
lief, from a very discreditable scrape, than for the sake of any
,other consideration. It will no doubt be very easy for H. M.
Government to set this nonsense to rights, so, far as the dignity
of Great Britain is concerned, but the Mexican Government should
be told by some friendly adviser, that what they do spontaneously
is what alone can set them to. rights in the estimation of other
.[Endorsed.] Inclosure 3. In Captn. Elliot's No 32. Novem-
ber 29. 1843.
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