The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 31
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Early Sentiment for Annexation of California
In Mexico, however, a different spirit prevailed. Jones had re-
ported his action both to the authorities at Washington and to
Waddy Thompson at Mexico City.53 Without waiting for instruc-
tions from the department, the American minister at once dis-
avowed the seizure of the California town and promised satisfaction
for any loss thereby sustained.54 Jones was recalled and tem-
porarily deprived of his command; while Webster made formal
apologies in the name of the government for the proceedings.
But beyond this, in the infliction of a far heavier penalty de-
manded by the Mexican Minister upon the American commodore,
both Webster and Tyler refused to go.5
In the United States, also, the capture of Monterey furnished
John Quincy Adams and others of his kind with fresh ammunition
for onslaughts against the administration and its policy of an-
nexing Mexican territory.5, Reports of these attacks and over-
drawn charges made by the Americans against the American
president reached Mexico, and served to increase there the .spirit
of hostility and suspicion already engendered by the incident.5'
So that Thompson was compelled to notify his government that
it was "wholly out of the question to do anything as to California
and after recent events there it would be imprudent to allude
to it in any way," the only possibility of securing territory at all
lying in a cession of San Francisco some time in the future when
Mexico should find herself unable to pay the awards of the
but had rather the reverse effect. Larkin, Official Correspondence, Pt. II,
'3Jones to Thompson, Oct. 22, 1842. MS., State Department.
"Reeves, 106. Thompson was not officially notified to take this course
for some months. Webster to Thompson, Jan. 27, 1843. MS., State De-
"Tyler to Webster, Jan. -, 1843. Webster MSS., Library of Con-
gress; same to same, Feb. 9, 1843. Tyler's Letters and Times of the
Tylers, II, 267.
"For Adams's attitude, see his Memoirs, XI, 304 et seq.
"Thompson to Webster, Jan. 5, 1843-"They are printing in all their
newspapers the speech of Mr. Adams made in Massachusetts, and with
most injurious effect as it confirms all their unfounded suspicions against
us." MS., State Department.
"Thompson to Webster, Jan. 30, 1843. Webster MSS. A new scheme
connecting California with these unpaid claims had also been suggested
to Webster by Brantz Mayer, formerly secretary of legation under Thomp-
son, upon his return to Washington. Mayer's plan, instead of requiring
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