The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 91
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
conclusion of this Affair upon a footing which ought to. be satis-
factory to the Mexican Government. But I cannot but repeat
that General Houston's difficulties at home will be very great in-
deed; and General Santa Afia should have regard to them, and
remember that it may be very easy to destroy his influence by un-
reasonable uncomplyingness at Mexico, and with it, all hope of a
peaceful and moderate Settlement of this dispute.
Whilst I am upon the subject of modes of expression, may I
use the freedom to suggest to you that it might be convenient if
General Santa Afia and his Government would fall upon some
mode of designating General Houston which may leave it in my
power to place their communications before him. It cannot be
expected of course that they should commit themselves to any
tacit acknowledgment of the independence of this Republic by
their modes of address, but General is not a term of commital,
and Sefior Houston is not a term of suitable respect. General
Santa Afia owes General Houston becoming Military respect and
courtesy, as well as deep personal gratitude, for he saved his life;
and seeing that Her Majesty's Government, and the Government
of The King of the French deal with General Houston as Gen-
eral, and President of Texas, I hope we shall hear no more of
Sefior Houston from Mexico. At all events I must decline to be
the medium of any Communication from the Government of Mex-
ico which speaks of him as Sefior Houston, for I feel He would
have a right to. complain of me if I made myself a party to
frivolous incivility of that kind. I observe that the Government
of Mexico does speak of the Government of Texas, and therefore
upon that score I have no remark to offer.
Galveston August 2d. 1843.
The despatches have just arrived from Washington, and I hope
their contents will be satisfactory to the Mexican Government I
learn from Mr. Williams that General Houston wishes that Col-
onel Hockley and himself should perform the double office of Com-
missioners to General Woll, for the arrangement of the truce,
and then go on to Mexico. Pray strenuously endeavour to per-
suade General Santa Afia to release the Texian prisoners. No
measure would be better calculated to allay angry feeling, and
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