The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 95
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
as well as all the advantages attached to it, is bound to fix his
residence in such Country, nor can he properly assign personal
discomfort, or even risk, as a sufficient ground for absenting him-
self, or desiring to absent himself, from his Post. There may,
however, be exceptions to this general rule, and considering the
rude and unsettled state of Texas, and the entire absence as yet
of those ordinary comforts and conveniences which are considered
necessary in civilized life, as well as the positive unhealthiness
of the Country in its present uncultivated state, I think that
Texas may fairly be classed as coming within those exceptions.
It appears also that other Governments allow their Agents in
Texas to view the matter in this light, and to reside during a
part of the year in the United States.
This being the case, I have no objection to your quitting Texas
this j-ear during the hot and unhealthy Months, and establish-
ing your Residence in the United States, with the benefit of your
full Salary as if you were at your Post. But you must clearly
understand that you will be expected, while in the United States,
to reside at some sea-port between which and Texas there is fre-
quent Communication, and that, while thus absent from your
Pest, you will keep your attention constantly alive to all that is
passing both in Texas, and in the United States with reference
to Texas, and that whenever your presence in Texas may be re-
quired, you will at once proceed thither to resume the Duties of
Captain Elliot, R. N.
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