The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 60
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60 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
spatches for Her Majesty's Government, with which he may be
entrusted by you or by Mr Consul Kennedy.
It is presumed that the detention of the Ship at Galveston
for ten days, or at most a fortnight, will be sufficient to, give
you time to communicate with the Texian Government, and en-
able you to give to Her Majesty's Government, some idea of the
probable course which events may take in Texas with reference
to the matters treated of in my Despatches. Nevertheless, if
you should deem it essential for the publick Service to detain
the Ship still longer, you will consider yourself authorized to
so do, but you will of course, in any case, not keep her longer
than may be really necessary.
Captain Elliot, R. N.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN12
No. 4.15 Galveston.
February 8th. 1845.
I have the honour to acquaint Your Lordship that Congress
in this Country adjourned on the 3d Instant till their next reg-
ular Session in December of this year.
A Bill to reduce the tariff to a uniform rate of 10 per Cent
ad valorum has failed, but from frequent conversation with the
President on the subject, and in view of the improving finance
of the Country I believe there is every prospect of a modifica-
tion to that extent during the next Session of Congress It
should be mentioned in connexion with this point that the en-
creased amount of revenue has enabled Congress to repeal the
Act authorising the issue of Exchequer paper, and all the pay-
ments of the Government are now practically made in specie.
I believe that nothing direct has been done in Congress re-
specting Annexation, but incidentally there has been evidence
of the continued prevalence of feeling in support of the Measure
from different parts of the Country, and still more decisively by
12F. 0., Texas, Vol. 13.
'"F. O., Texas, 13, Elliot to Aberdeen, No. 3, January 25, 1845, has
been omitted. It related to the claims of Mr. S. Merana upon the Mexi-
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