The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 412
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Congress of Texas are but little skilled in the principles of Com-
mercial legislation, and that Mercantile interests are consequently
in peril from rash and ill-digested enactments. It was from
knowledge of this fact and apprehension of possible results, that--
"with a view to the public advantage,"-I ventured to suggest
that-"On occasion of the absence of Her Majesty's Charg6 d'
Affaires from this Country, during the Legislative Session, it
might be expedient to have a proper person, duly authorized, to
watch over the proceedings, and to note whatever Measures prom-
ised to prove prejudicial, or otherwise, to British interests."
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
KENNEDY TO ABERDEEN4
Private. Her Majesty's Consulate
Galveston. June 18th. 1844.
Several weeks have elapsed since my attention was called to a
Matter of some delicacy, on which I was slow to bestow serious
notice, partly from doubts as to the earnestness of alleged Agents,
partly from a disposition to repel any overture, or disclosure, that
might in any degree tend to compromise Her Majesty's Govern-
ment through me, and partly from the apparently unwarrantable
introduction of the names of Her Majesty's Charge d' Affaires and
the Charge d' Affaires of France to this Country.-Of late, this
Matter has been presented to me with such a minuteness of detail
and semblance of authority, that, to provide against possible con-
tingencies and to relieve myself of an uneasy sense of responsibility,
I hold it best to put Your Lordship in possession of the leading
Since the return of Colonel Hockley and Mr Williams, the Texan
Commissioners appointed to treat for an Armistice with Mexico,
they have not only been visited by unpopularity consequent upon an
abortive Mission but there has been an ostensible alienation be-
tween them and the President of the Republic. This alienation
has been manifested, on the part of the Commissioners, in com-
plaints that, but for the unseasonable action of the Executive in
'F. 0., Texas, Vol. 10.
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