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3d. "The American Government and it's functionaries need
careful handling in this Texian matter. Be assured that the ad-
justment of this question on the basis of the independence of Texas,
is ill liked in the United States, particularly through the help of
our own and other European Governments. These good folks de-
sire to keep it an open question, as well for the chances of the future
incorporation of Texas with the Union, as because it serves as a
sort of raw upon Mexico, whenever there is any hesitation about
American demands upon that Country. This reflection leads me to
think that it will be very advantageous if you can persuade the
Mexican Government to adopt the principle of General Houston's
arrangement with respect to the duration of the Armistice. If the
duration of the Armistice depended in any way upon the good
offices of American Officers near either Government, it is to be
apprehended that it might not last long enough for any perma-
nent useful purpose"
Copy. Charles Elliot.
[Endorsed] Inclosure in Captain Elliot's despatch to the Earl of
Aberdeen No 17. Galveston June 24. 1843.
ELLIOT TO AB3ERDEEN21
No. 18. Galveston July 4th. 1843.
I have the honor to transmit a note from Mr. Jones,22 in reply
to the note I addressed to him upon the 18th Ultimo communi-
cating assurances of the continued interest felt by Her Majesty's
Government in the prosperity and independence of Texas, and of
the full determination to persevere in efforts for the peaceful ad-
justment of the difficulties between this Country and Mexico, when-
ever a hope of success should present itself.
With this communication I have also received private letters
from General Houston, and Mr. Jones expressive of an earnest
desire for the appointment of a British Consular Agent at Corpus
Christi. General Houston thinks that "the effect would be very
21F. O., Texas, Vol. 6.
22Jones to Elliot, June 28, 1843. In Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence
of the Republic of Texas, III, 1097, in Am. Hist. Assoc. Report, 1908, II.
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