The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 197
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American Senate on May 1, 1828, failed in the Mexican Congress.
Finally, however, over a year after the growing opposition to
Poinsett had burst into a demand which resulted in his removal,
Anthony Butler (on April 5, 1831) secured a treaty which was
ratified and properly exchanged by both powers, and which con-
tained practically all the articles of the Poinsett treaty except
the clause providing for return of fugitive slaves.
The commercial controversies, which in the absence of treaty
regulations, continually arose over the rights and privileges of
United States merchants and merchandise, and which occupied
most of Poinsett's time in vain attempts to adjust, are treated
by the author in a separate chapter. They relate to requirements
of consular certificates to invoice of goods and resulting seizures
of vessels and goods, unfair tariff charges, seizure of American
vessels and cargoes on various pretexts, the conduct of Mexican
naval vessels and Mexican privateers against the commerce of
Spain (and their use of United States ports) and losses to mer-
chants and travelers at the hands of robbers and bandits.
The long chapter on "Texas and the Boundary Issue" traces the
questions relating to the American desire to regain territory bar-
tered away in 1819, the early suspicions of the authorities of the
new state of Mexico, the proposals of the American Government
to secure a new and more advantageous boundary west of the
Sabine to guard against possible future difficulty, the hope of the
Mexican ministry to secure the extreme limits of Spanish claims
before the treaty of 1819, the beginning of the Anglo-American
independence movement in Texas, the American attempts to pur-
chase the territory in which American citizens had obtained ex-
tensive grants from Mexico, the hasty negotiations of the boundary
treaty of January 12, 1828, which was promptly ratified by the
United States but was ratified too late by Mexico to be exchanged
under the time limit, the rise of new internal questions relating
to Texas, and the unsuccessful negotiations by the Jackson admin-
istration to secure a new treaty of limits. Poinsett, shortly before
his recall, was convinced that the American boundary could not
be extended west of the Sabine without driving Mexico "to court
a more strict alliance with some European power." Finally, after
Mexico by firm but pacific protests, had been induced to ratify
the pending treaty of commerce, the American government (ac-
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