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similar law, prohibiting foreigners from engaging in retail trade
either in Mexico or any of her provinces, Thompson was not,
however, by any means so successful.78
On February 28, 1844, Upshur lost his life by the explosion
on board the Princeton, and Calhoun took his place in the cabinet,
his appointment, according to Duff Green, having been urged for
the three-fold purpose of conducting "the negotiation for the an-
nexation of Texas, the purchase of California, and the adjustment
of our northwestern boundary."7"
HIasting's scheme for an independent California.-Ben E. Green,
the son of Duff Green, who had been secretary of legation under
Thompson, was appointed charge upon the return of the latter
to the United States, and entrusted with securing the assent of
Mexico to the annexation of Texas.s This was no easy task.
Whatever ill-will there had been against England had died away,
and though in its place some difficulty had arisen with France,
the great weight of Mexican hostility was directed toward the
government at Washington. But whether with France or with
the United States, Santa Anna was openly advocating a foreign
war to develop the nation's resources, and Green could see no ben-
efit to be gained by this country from becoming a party to such a
quarrel, "unless, indeed, we should end by gaining possession of
California, and thereby secure a harborage for our shipping on
the Pacific and one of the finest countries on the Globe."'s
A few days later, having received word of Upshur's death and
Calhoun's appointment, Green wrote privately to the latter con-
cerning some information in his possession, which he thought
"Thompson (?) to Larkin, United States Legation, Mexico, March 1,
1844. Has continued to hope that order would be rescinded but sees no
hope for it now. Clear violation of treaty rights, etc. Larkin MSS., II,
No. 66. See, also, 'Thompson's Recollections, 229-230.
"Duff Green, Facts and Suggestions (New York. Richardson & Co.
8Tyler's Letters and Times of the Tylers, II, 298; statement of Ben-
jamin E. Green, Aug. 8, 1889, Ibid., III, 174-175. Johnston wrote Polk
of -a rumor that Green was authorized to offer $10,000,000 to Mexico, and
the guaranty to her of the Californias against all other nations. Benton
says the treaty when understood is more damnable than the correspond-
ence." Johnston to Polk, May 5, 1844. Polk MSS., Library of Congress.
"Ben E. Green to Secretary of State, April 8, 1844. MSS., State De-
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