The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 89
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
Your Lordship is aware that I am in the channel of my public
correspondence here, and I shall of course proceed to my post in any
case of necessity. But in the actual attitude of affairs connected
with Texas I believe I am as suitably posted at New Orleans as I
should be in that Country, and I will therefore request Your Lord-
ship's sanction to remain here or there, for the present, as I may
judge most convenient for the public interests.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN6
Private. New Orleans. December 31st 1843.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Clay last Evening, who is
here upon a visit, and he made some observations upon the sub-
ject of Texian Affairs, which I think it convenient to, communicate
to Your Lordship.
In reply to some remarks from a friend of his own upon that part
of the Message7 of the President of the United States referring to
Texas, he said that all question of the advantage or otherwise of
annexation either to the United States or Texas, was entirely super-
fluous, for he could state in the most positive manner that no
scheme of that kind either by treaty, or in any other form, could be
carried through the Senate of the United States. The prepon-
derance of Mr. Clay's party in the Senate, and the decided man-
ner in which he repeated this declaration two or three times, will T
hope be my excuse for this intrusion.
Being upon this subject I take the liberty to observe to Your
Lordship that both my Colleagues Monsieur De Cramayel (who is
also staying here) and myself, have been much surprised that the
President of the United States should have dwelt at so much length
on the affairs of Texas without a word of notice of the feelings or
wishes of the Government and people of that Country. It has also
appeared to us that this lively interest in the affairs of Texas would
have been more kindly timed, and more suited to the necessities
'F. 0., Texas, Vol. 6. Ibid. Elliot to Aberdeen, Nos. 35 and 36, Decem-
ber 31, 1843, have been omitted. No. 35 referred to the "Eliza Russell"
claims, and the method of their payment through the collector of customs
at Galveston. No. 36 enclosed a return of correspondence for the year 1843.
'President Tyler's annual message, December 5, 1843.
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