The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 55
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
BANKHEAD TO ABERDEEN4
No. 102. Novr. 29. 1844.
Genl. Santa Anna passed a few days lately in the immediate
Neighbourhood of Mexico, on his way to join the division of the
Army destined to act against Genl Paredes.5
I was desirous for many reasons to see him during his So-
journ, and I accordingly went to Guadalupe, and was most cour-
teously received by His Excellency.
In another despatch I have informed Your Lordship that I
was anxious to understand what the President intended to do,
with respect to the different pecuniary arrangements existing be-
tween this Republic and British Subjects, at this particular Crisis.
I afterwards entered into a long discussion with Genl Santa
Anna upon the state of Texas, and I was enabled to place the
views of I. M's Govt upon that Subject before the President
more distinctly by recapitulating the Contents of Your Lord-
ship's Despatch No 30 of the 30th of Sepr last, which I had
the same morning communicated to the Minr for Foreign Affairs,
as I knew that the latter would submit what I said to the Presi-
Genl Santa Anna desired me in the most earnest manner to
assure Your Lordship of his unalterable wish to preserve the ex-
'F. O., Texas, Vol. 21.
"Mariano Paredes, b. 1790, d. 1849. He was for a long time a promi-
nent figure in Mexican politics, and in the army. At first a supporter
of Santa Anna, he went over to Herrera in 1844, aiding the latter to
the presidency. Later he overthrew Herrera's government, using the
cry that the government was about to sacrifice Mexican interests to the
United States. Paredes became president in June, 1845. (Michaud, Biog-
6F. O., Texas, 20. Copy sent to Elliot. This instruction to Bank-
head in effect indicated a reversal of Aberdeen's plan for joint action
between France, England, and Mexico to prevent annexation. Mexico
was here warned that since she was not ready to yield to British advice
and recognize Texas, and was in fact planning an invasion of Texas,
she must not expect any British sympathy or support in case she got
into difficulties. For further analysis and partial quotation, see Adams,
British Interests and- Activities in Texas, 185-187. For criticism of this
view, see Smith, The Annexation of Texas, 403, note.
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