The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 52
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be attainable. Again, as affecting other States, Her Majesty's
Government are of opinion that the continuance of Texas as
an Independent Power, under its own Laws and institutions,
must conduce to a. more even, and therefore a more permanent,
balance of interests in the North American Continent, and that
its interposition between the United States and Mexico offers the
best chance of a preservation of friendly relations between those
That there are other inducements, in which British feelings
and interests are more directly concerned, for wishing to see
Texas securely established as an Independent State, Her Majesty's
Government do not deny, but these are all strictly compatible
with a sincere desire to promote the dignity, welfare, and pros-
perity of Texas.
Apart from all selfish or exclusive considerations, Her Majesty's
Government would wish to urge upon the Government of Texas
and to exhort them to abstain from any act on their own part,
or from encouraging any measure on the part of the Congress
of Texas, which might be construed into a desire to surrender
the Independence of their Country into the hands of a Foreign
Whilst circumstances which I have already detailed to you
seem to Her Majesty's Government to call for a renewal of this
representation, an event has recently taken place in another quar-
ter, which I trust will induce the Government of Texas to pause
before they reject the counsel which, in perfect sincerity, and
with a firm conviction of its being most in accordance with the
interests of Texas herself, Her Majesty's Government have again
offered to them.
A few days ago I received from Her Majesty's Minister in
Mexico a Despatch dated the 29th of November last of which
I send you a Copy.
You will see by that Despatch and its inclosure that the views
of the President of Mexico on the subject of Texas have under-
gone a remarkable change, that he has now, for the first time,
deliberately entertained the question of Texian Independence,
and, in short, has made a step toward its recognition. This re-
sult of the exertions which you are aware Her Majesty's Gov-
ernment have not ceased to use with Mexico, is most satisfactory.
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