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The proposition thus entrusted to Butler was doubtless never
submitted to the Mexican government. On December 27, Butler
wrote the Department that it would be useless to push the nego-
tiations at that time, though there was a chance of securing cer-
tain commercial privileges for American vessels at San Fran-
cisco.45 A few months later he received notice of his recall,46
and shortly afterwards left Mexico, carrying off "some of the most
important papers of the negotiation."'4
Indeed, Butler's whole course was one of consistent dishonor.
The most surprising part of it, however, was the ease with which
he continually hoodwinked and misled his own government; and
after reading his correspondence one is freely willing to agree with
Adams, that "for six long years he was mystifying Jackson with
the positive assurance that he was within a hair's breadth of the
object and sure of success, while Jackson was all the time wriggling
along and snapping at the bait, like a mackeral after a red rag.""8
It may be further added that Jackson's estimate of Butler was
even lower than that of Adams. An endorsement on Butler's
letter of March 7, 1834, declared him a "scamp," and when, in
1843, Butler charged Jackson with consenting to his schemes of
bribery, the venerable ex-President wrote another endorsement
pronouncing him a "liar," in whom there was "neither truth, jus-
tice, or gratitude," and whose whole accusation was "a tissue of
falsehood and false colourings."49
Jackson's later attempts.-After Butler's summary dismissal
nothing apparently was done toward carrying out the instructions
the territory in its immediate neighborhood . ." Forsyth to Butler,
aButler to Forsyth (MS., State Department).
"4Same to same, Jan. 15, 1836, Ibid. Butler claimed that his prospects
for bringing the negotiation to a close were exceedingly favorable when
cut short by his recall.
"Adams, Memoirs, XI, 349. The statement -of Adams is corroborated
by a letter of Asbury Dickens, Acting Secretary of State, to Butler's suc-
cessor, and by one -of Butler's own letters to Jackson. Dickens to Pow-
haftan Ellis, Aug. 19, 1836. MS., State Department; Butler to Jackson,
July 28, 1843. Jackson MSS.
'"Adams, Memoirs, XI, 368.
48Endorsement by Jackson on -the back of Butler's letter of July 28,
1843. Butler in this letter also stated that Jackson had promised him
the governorship of Texas if he procured its annexation. This Jackson
hotly denied in his endorsement.
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