The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 410

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

BRITISH CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING TEXAS
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EDITED BY EPHRIAM DOUGLASS ADAMS
KENNEDY TO ABERDEEN'
No. 14. Her Majesty's Consulate
Galveston. June 14th. 1844.
My Lord,
I have the honor to enclose a statement of Laws affecting Ship-
ping and commerce, passed during the last Session of the Congress
of this Republic, which terminated on the 5th of February in the
present year.2
I have also the honor to enclose Copy of a Communication from
Captain Elliot," Her Majesty's Charg6 d' Affaires to Texas, in
answer to mine of the 18th April, of which I deemed it my duty to
transmit a Copy to Your Lordship. Captain Elliot's letter, though
dated the 1st of May, did not arrive at Galveston until the 3d of
the present Month, and it might have been delayed still longer, had
not the packet containing it been found at a Steamboat office by
my New Orleans Agent.
It would be seen by my Correspondence, that, before the receipt
of Captain Elliot's letter dated 1st May, I had proposed to avail
myself of a Copy of the Acts of the Texan Congress, as "published
for general use," for the purpose of reporting "to the proper quar-
ter all enactments of consequence to our Commercial and Mari-
time Interests." But, while taking this course, I must respectfully
take leave to dissent from Captain Elliot's opinion that it was not
necessary to make any application to the Government (of Texas)
"upon the subject." On the contrary, the examination of the Acts
of Congress, previous to drawing up the enclosed Statement, has
.F. 0., Texas, Vol. 10.
2See Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 969, 976, 998, 1017. Kennedy's en-
closure summarizing the laws is here omitted.
8Eliot to Kennedy, May 1, 1844, telling the latter to buy copies of
Acts of Texas Congress, rather than communicate with the Government
of Texas.

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