The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 54
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the Boundary of the State. You may also add that, although
Her Majesty's Government would not be disposed to undertake
their share of the responsibility, which, for the security of the
possessions of Mexico, General Santa Anna would impose upon
England and France, yet, that, under certain circumstances, those
Powers would not refuse to take part in an arrangement by which
Texas and Mexico should be bound each to respect the Territory
of the other.
You will gather from what I have now stated, that, although,
in alluding before to the correspondence which has appeared
between Mr Calhoun and the United States Envoy in Paris, I
did not think it necessary to notice it, that the difference of
opinion which that Correspondence affects to establish between
the Governments of England and France on the subject of Texas
has no existence;-and such in truth is the fact; whether as
relating to the Annexation of Texas to the United States, or
to the general position and other interests of that Country. The
best and most practical proof of this which can be given to
the Texian Government will be the cordiality with which you
and your Colleague will join in pressing the same views and
arguments upon their consideration.
Upon the receipt of this Despatch therefore you will imme-
diately confer unreservedly with the _French Charg6 d' Affaires
(who will by the same opportunity be furnished with Instruc-
tions to a similar purpose); and you will lose no time in bring-
ing the subject jointly before the Texian Government.
You will read this Despatch to the Texian Minister, and you
will state that it will be necessary that you should receive from
him a full and frank explanation of the views of his Govern-
ment as regards the Annexation of Texas to the United States.
When that shall have been given, you will inform Her Majesty's
Government of the result with the least possible delay.
I should add that both in your Communications with the Texian
Government, and in your general conversation, you will do well
to avoid all unnecessary mention of the Government of the United
States, and all comment upon their Policy
Captain Elliot, R. N.
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