The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 287
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
M. d' Orvanne, has thought proper to offer explanations with
regard to certain engagements to which he is a party, which ex-
planations he appears to consider due to Her Majesty's Govern-
ment.-I, therefore, take leave to submit herewith a Copy of
the Communication addressed to me by that gentleman, merely
premising that of his arrangements, or affairs, I know nothing
beyond the fact that, two or three years ago, he obtained a Con-
ditional grant of land, for Colonizing from the Government of
Texas-I had a similar grant-as you Sir, will doubtless remem-
ber-but my subsequent appointment as IHer Majesty's Consul at
Galveston, led me to doubt the expediency of acting upon it.
Well acquainted with the jealous disposition of the North Amcri-
can Republicans, and not ignorant that the best intentions afford
no sure protection from interested, or malicious misrepresentation,
I decided on relinquishing my interest in the grant, which I dir,--
retaining no shale of its advantages, direct or indirect.
Subsequent observation has satisfied me that this decision was
the more convenient one for the public service. Mr Clay, in his
letter on the Texan question, dated 17th of April last, has de-
clared that he would regard it as the imperative duty of the Gov-
ernment of the United States to prevent, if necessary by an ap-
peal to arms, the Colonizing of Texas by any European Nation.
Without presuming to weigh the intrinsic justice, or practical
efficacy of this declaration, I could not but perceive that, by a
very slight exercise of perverted ingenuity and bold asseveration,
an excitable people might be brought to believe that the private
enterprize -of a foreign Agent had originated in the "Ambitious
designs" of the Country to which he belonged.
The never-ending clamour respecting "British influence" and
"interferance," which is heard in this part of the world, must be
my apology for travelling into personal details
Henry U. Addington, Esq.
The Prince of Solms has accompanied President IHouston to a
place appointed for arranging a Treaty with the Comanche Indians.
Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas, III, 1549, in Am.
Hist. Assoc. Report, 1908, II.
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