The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 72
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ELLIOT TO DOYLE19
Extracts from a private letter from Captain Elliot to Percy W.
Doyle, Esqr. Mexico. dated at Galveston June 21st 1843.
No. 1. "My despatch will make you acquainted with General
Houston's acceptance of the Armistice, and I hope you will have no
difficulty in inducing General Santa Afia to accede to the usual and
reasonable arrangements General Houston has made respecting the
duration of the Armistice. I do sincerely hope that these advances,
on all sides, may be improved into a speedy and honorable pacifica-
tion, and however great the relief to this Country will be, it seems
manifest to me that it will be of higher permanent advantage to
Mexico. For I firmly believe that it is in General Santa Afia's
power, by speedy, wise, and liberal arrangements with Texas, upon
the basis of it's independence, pretty rapidly to detach it from
it's intimate connexion with the people and things East of the
Sabine, to the great increase and security of the just and powerful
influence of his own Country on this Continent. With a compre-
hensive policy on his part, steadily directed to these ends, Texas
would settle to a considerable extent by emigration from England,
Germany and France; And a people will be placed between the
United States and Mexico, whose interest it will be not merely to
maintain a Neutral attitude, in the event of dispute with that
Country (which would draw a large portion of the foreign trade
with Mexico into the ports of Texas) but rather to lean to the side
of 1Mexico. For independent Texas will be in many respects a rival
producing Country with the United States, and will soon come to
feel that it is more likely the United States should stretch West-
ward over Texas, than that Mexico should stretch Eastward over
Texas. I should tell you that there is no reason whatever to be-
lieve that the present Government of Texas has any undue feelings
of partiality towards the United States. There is no bias that way,
and the late honorable conduct of President Houston concerning
the movements of the Texian Squadron to the Coast of Yucatan
may also serve to help out a happy conclusion of this Contest; the
continuance of which is filling this Country with desperadoes from
every part of the South, eager to penetrate into Mexico and bidding
:F. 0., Texas, Vol. 6.
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