The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 57
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
This Offer was reported to the Foreign Office in Mr Pakenham's
Despatches Nos 97 of Deer 12-1839, and No 2 of Jany. 3. 1841
With reference to the Guarantee of Gt Britain and France
that Texas ([if she] be acknowledged) shall not be allowed to
pass whatever Boundary may be agreed upon between Her
and Mexico, and that the Californias, New Mexico, and other
parts of the Northern Frontier shall equally be guaranteed to
Mexico [these], are, of course, entirely for Your Lordship and
H. M's Govt. to deliberate upon, as also that part of the Second
proposition which relates to the Assistance of the two Great Pow-
ers, in case the U. States should endeavor to carry into effect
the Scheme of Annexation.
The 3d Point relates to the promise of the President to sus-
pend all operations against Texas.
With respect to the 4th proposition, I think it agrees in some
measure with the intentions of H. M's Govt. and was probably
suggested to the President by some observations in the Memo-
randum given by Your Lordship in my last to Mr Murphy.'
In receiving these proposals from Genl Santa Anna, I assured
H. E. that I would lose no time in forwarding them to Your
Lordship, but did not, in the most remote manner, compromise
H. M's Govt. by any observation with reference to them. I
merely took them ad referendum.
Some of the Conditions may appear to Your Lordship difficult
of execution, and rather at variance with the acknowledged weak-
ness of this Govt., but with due allowance for their usual Self
confidence, I think we may receive them as yielding at first as
much as we could expect, and I doubt not that Modifications
may be afterwards obtained.
I ventured to press upon the President the absolute necessity
of keeping this preliminary arrangement secret. H. E. promised
fully to accede to my request, and I have not heard of its being
divulged to any of the Persons who unfortunately surround him,
and who have no other interest in proffering advice, than their
own base and sordid personal advantage.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
'See THE QUARTERLY, XIX, 96, note 8.
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