The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 53
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
The conditions which General Santa Anna would annex to the
recognition are certainly, in some respects, such as Her Majesty's
Government could neither support on their own part nor recom-
mend for the acceptance of Texas. Still, a first step of this
nature, implying as it does a willingness to enter upon a tem-
perate consideration of the subject with a view to its amicable
settlement, is one of great importance and value at the present
That the Government of Texas, to whom you will communi-
cate verbally the substance of Mr Bankhead's Despatch and of its
Inclosure, will so consider it, Her Majesty's Government cannot
doubt, or that the'y will hesitate to avail themselves of the good
offices of Great Britain and France with a view of the modifi-
cation of the terms now offered by General Santa Anna and to
rendering them such as Texas can honourably and advantageously
General Houston in his last Annual Message, a Copy of which
I have just received from you, is entirely justified in stating to
Congress that the late agitation of international questions be-
tween Texas and the United States has not in any degree abated
the desire of the Governments of Great Britain and France for
the continued prosperity and independence of his Country, or
caused them to relax their good offices to bring about the speedy
and honourable adjustment of its difficulties with Mexico. And
he does those Governments no more than justice in expressing
his confidence that they will never require of Texas any sacrifice
of honour or interest.
If these are indeed the sentiments of the Texican Govern-
ment, it may be confidently expected that they will act upon the
advice which Her Majesty's Government now offer them upon
this subject, and accept the united good offices of England and
France with the Government of Mexico.
As to the modifications which Her Majesty's Government would
require in the terms proposed by Mexico, it is unnecessary to
enter into details on that point until Texas shall have signified
her readiness to accept such friendly intervention. At the same
time it is right that you should at once declare that Her Majesty's
Government would not consent to propose to Texas any condi-
tion so unreasonable as the acceptance of the Colorado River as
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