The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 28
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vessels; but by opening up internal communication with the Ar-
kansas and other western streams, could "secure the trade of India
and the whole Pacific Ocean."
In agricultural lines, also, Thompson was assured that California
would prove of immense value to the United States, and one
day become the "granary of the Pacific." He also believed that,
as slavery was not necessary there, the north and south could
arrange another compromise. "I am profoundly satisfied," he
concluded, after warning Webster against the designs of France
and England upon the territory,
that in its bearing upon all the interests of our country, agri-
cultural, political, manufacturing, commercial and fishing, the
importance of the acquisition of California cannot be overesti-
mated. If I could mingle any selfish feelings with interests to
my country so vast, I would desire no higher honor than to be
an instrument in securing it.41
Ten days after he had written this despatch to the Secretary
of State, Thompson sent one of like tenor to the president.
"Since my despatch to Mr. Webster," he began,
I have had an interview with Gen. Santa Anna and although I
did not broach to him directly the subject of our correspondence
I have but little doubt that I shall be able to accomplish your
wishes and to add also the acquisition of Upper California.
This latter, I believe, will be by far the most important event
that has occurred to our country. Do me the favor to read my
despatch to Mr. Webster in which my views of the matter are
briefly sketched-I should be most happy to illustrate your a'd-
ministration and my own name by an acquisition of such lasting
benefit to my own country.
Upon this subject I beg your special instructions, both as to
moving on the matter and the extent to which I am to go in the
negotiations and the amount to be paid. The acquisition of Upper
California. will reconcile the northern people as they have large
fishing and commercial interests in the Pacific and we have liter-
ally no port there. Be pleased also to have me pretty strongly
instructed on the subject of our claims or leave the responsibility
4Thompson to Webster, April 29, 1842. MS., State Department. Much
of the substance of this despatch was afterwards embodied by Thompson
in his Recollections (pp. 233-238). A summary is also printed in Reeves,
100-101, but the quotations are not verbatim as the text would seem to
indicate. See also Rives's The United States and Mexico, II, 46.
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