The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 108
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ject, it would be upon their own terms, not upon conditions dic-
tated by Texas. General Henderson would be told in an early stage
of affairs that if he adhered to conditions which General Houston
must have known that the Government of the United States could
not act upon, the arrangement must fall to the ground, and the peo-
ple of Texas would judge where the blame should be laid. As for
General Murphy's letter of consent, it would be easy for the Gov-
ernment of the United States to disavow that proceeding, and
upon the whole I could not think that these precautions would
serve any other purpose than to enable the Government of the
United States to get rid of the difficulty easily, and injuriously to
General Houston, if they found they could not carry out their
Scheme. If they could carry it, General Henderson would prob-
ably be easily prevailed upon to sign the treaty upon their terms,
and trust to the people of Texas for support.
The detention of the Texian prisoners by Mexico, and the in-
disposition to grant a truce of any considerable duration to Texas
deprived this Government of sufficient strength to resist the recent
influences from another quarter, and it may be that General Hou-
ston adopted the only course left to him for the maintenance of
any control over events.
I shall take the liberty to forward this despatch under cover to
Her Majesty's Minister at Washington for his perusal, as also a
Copy to Mr Bankhead.s3
To the Right Honorable,
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
36British Minister at Mexico. Pakenham had been transferred from
Mexico to Washington in 1843, and after an interval during which Doyle
represented Great Britain, Bankhead was appointed, arriving in Mexico
early in 1844.
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