The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 89
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
States, and it seems quite probable that the arrangement will not
be discouraged in that quarter. They would feel there, that it
would be the firm and strengthening settlement of a United States
population on the Mexican frontier with abundance of pretext to
renew disturbances, and extend intrigue and pretensions West-
ward, as soon as it suited all their convenience to do so; and be-
sides too, it would effectually break up the independence of Texas,
which is extremely distasteful in the United States.
Lord Aberdeen's despatch to me of the 3rd Ultimo will place
you in possession of the views of Her Majesty's Government at
that date. It is much to be wished, (in furtherance of their dis-
position to be helpful in the adjustment of this Affair) that the
Mexican Government may not insist upon the immediate and un-
qualified acknowledgement of the Sovereignty of Mexico as an in-
dispensable preliminary condition to the opening of Negotiations,
but Content itself with an expression of general readiness on the
part of the Government maturely to consider any scheme of paci-
fication proposed by Mexico.
General Santa Afia should have regard to the position and diffi-
culties of this Government as well as his own, and if the parties
can only agree upon a suitable point de depart in these negotia-
tions I do not quite despair of a satisfactory result.
In considering the chances of such a Solution, it has sometimes
occurred to me that if Mexico were to offer to admit the limits of
Texas to the line of the Rio Grande, and to grant the Navigation
of that river under rules to, be agreed upon between the two Gov-
ernments, that of itself might be a tempting inducement. With
regard to the acknowledgment of the Sovereignty of Mexico I
suppose the Vocabulary might furnish becoming means of temper-
ing the bitterness of that form of speech. It might be sufficient
for example if Texas would [insert] in the Articles of Convention
that She was reunited to the Republic of Mexico, and that all
Laws, and Decrees passed or issued by the Supreme Congress or
Government not at variance with the conditions of the Convention,
should be binding upon this Government and people of Texas.
Another point of difficulty and delicacy is the treaty making
power, and upon that Subject Her Majesty's Government will no
doubt express their views at some early date.
Perhaps it would be possible to reconcile the difficulties and exi-
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