The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 90
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gencies in that respect by an article in the Convention agreeing
upon the part of Mexico to the Commercial arrangements which
Texas has contracted by treaty with foreign Powers, and further
agreeing that Texas should continue to. enjoy the rights of a Sep-
arate State for all purposes of foreign trade and Commercial in-
tercourse, including the right to conclude and ratify future Con-
ventions respecting foreign trade, and Commercial intercourse.
But if Texas is to be left to regulate it's trade with other Powers
as it sees fit, it follows of course that Mexico should be at liberty
to consider Texas a foreign State, in respect to it's trade with
Mexico, and an article in the Convention, providing for the reg-
ulation of this point from time to time according to altering cir-
cumstances by Commissioners appointed by the two Governments,
would do all that was formally requisite in that respect. I say,
formally, for to speak plainly, as soon as there is a State of
peace upon the frontier, high tariffs in Mexico, and venal Officers,
and active Smugglers on both Sides of the frontier will do, all the
rest for themselves.
Another point is the flag: In that particular it might be ar-
ranged that Texas should retain it's own flag within it's own ter-
ritory, and on board of it's Merchant Vessels, except in the ports
of Mexico, and that therein the Vessels of Texas should wear the
flag of Mexico, but be subject to the duties and charges agreed
upon in the Convention.
All these are of course mere speculations of my own, and I
should particularly say to you that I have never had one word
of Conversation with any Member of this Government upon such
subjects, but still I have thought it may not be entirely useless to
mention them to you. The Commissioners from this Government
are Mr. Samuel Williams, and Colonel George Hockley, both of
them I believe known to General Santa Aia. Mr. Williams how-
ever will be the active Commissioner. He is one of the original
Settlers in Texas, and I should think one of the very few men
in this country with sense and moderation enough sincerely to
regret the Separation from Mexico.
I am persuaded that the Instructions will be as reasonable and
as moderate as they can be, due regard being had to General Hous-
ton's position, and I am equally persuaded Mr. Williams will be
found cordially disposed to do all He can to accomplish some
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