The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 312
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The Soutlwestern Historical Quarterly
Rejon, and exaggerated statements of the disturbed condition of
Mexico, may have a prejudicial effect on the dispositions of Con-
Reviewing the whole subject as attentively as I can, and with
the limited means of judging comprehensively, open to me, (a
circumstance for which I am sure Your Lordship. will make full
allowance in the case of error or misconception,) I certainly have
formed the impression that a very advanced stage of this affair
has now been reached. But although the power of effectual inter-
ference for the safe and honourable adjustment of this question
appears to me to. be rapidly passing away from Mexico, I still
think that there is yet time and opportunity for decisive and ad-
vantageous action from that quarter, and I have availed Myself
of the occasion of the "Spartan" to communicate my impressions
to Mr Bankhead. If the people of Texas are indeed willing to
be annexed to. the United States, I see no better' mode of meeting
that emergency, and none more moderate or more just, than im-
mediate proposals from Mexico adapted to the several contingen-
cies of the safe and durable Independence of Texas, or suitable
terms of annexation, or lastly, a secure truce, if this shall not be
deemed to be a convenient Moment for permanent arrangement.
If events depended in any considerable degree upon the disposi-
tions of this Government, I should have no, serious apprehension
of the result; but that is by no means the case, and I believe that
M'[exico must either shape it's proceedings to meet, another state
of facts, or resign herself to a combination of a very dangerous
character, immediately considered, and probably still more so, in
point of ulterior intention.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
affairs, had used imprudent and irritating language likely to stir enmity
between the two nations.
8"Wilson Shannon, b. 1802 in Ohio, d. 1877 in Kansas. Educated as
a lawyer, he became Governor of Ohio, 1838-1840, and again 1842-1844.
He was sent to Mexico as Minister in 1844. After two years as Repre-
sentative in Congress, 1853-1855, he was appointed Territorial Governor
of Kansas, 1855-1856. Appleton, Cyclop. of Am. Biog.
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