The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 77
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
YATES TO ELLIO'r25
[Enclosure.] Copy. Charles Elliot. Galveston July 12th. 1843.
To Captain Charles Elliot.
I was much surprised to receive by the Steamer which arrived
this Morning a, Copy of the "lew Orleans Republican" of July 3d
containing a letter purporting to have been written by me to S.
Converse, Esqre. of London, which was preceded by a letter from
a London Correspondent of the Boston Post, and some editorial
remarks reflecting on yourself, and the Government you have the
honor to represent in a most unwarrantable manner, and in which
my letter was referred to as Authority for the correctness of those
Without reflecting on the impropriety of my Correspondent in
publishing that letter, I feel it a matter of duty to place in your
hands without delay, and as far as in my power a full exculpation
from the charges thus made or insinuated.
In my letter to Mr. Converse under date of 19th March last,
speaking on the subject of emancipating the Negroes of Texas,
the following expression occurs "I had also held several conver-
sations with the British Minister here, and from him I learned
that such a Measure would secure for us the warmest support from
the British Government, in our present Struggle, and also the
means of paying for our Slaves, by their Citizens giving lands in
The Writer of the London letter under date of June 2d, says
"I enclose the Copy of a letter received here by the last Steamer
from Galveston, in which you will see that the British Minister
in Texas has been endeavouring to persuade the people of that Re-
public, that if they will alter their constitution so as to abolish
Slavery, then this government will aid them in their Struggle with
Mexico, and furnish the Money to pay for their Slaves, the Texians
giving lands, &c, &c".
My letter to Mr. Converse was written in much haste after the
arrival of the Houston Boat referred to, in it, which occurred at
a very late hour on Saturday Night, and the Steamer sailed for
New Orleans on the Morning of the following day. Mr. S. P.
5"F. 0., Texas, Vol. 6.
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