The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 61
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
the fate of certain resolutions against it, presented in the House
of Representatives on the 15th Ultimo The resolutions and a
brief sketch of the debate upon the occasion of their presenta-
tion is herewith transmitted for Your Lordship's perusal, from
which it will be observed that their reception was rejected by a
Vote of 19 to 18.
By another extract4 from the Galveston Civilian of the 5th
Instant, and that paper is one of the best conducted and most
influential in the Country, Your Lordship will remark that these
proceedings have given general satisfaction Upon the whole I
incline to the opinion that there is a growing disposition here
to believe that Annexation will be very difficult in the United
States; a state of feeling which of course encourages the party
in favour of Independence, and if the present effort in the United
States is defeated, it is possible that there will be a considerable
manifestation in Texas against any further entertainment of the
Several leading men in the Country are only waiting for an
opportunity, and will probably declare themselves against it de-
cisively and energetically as soon as they think they can do so
without mischief to their popularity.
Another indication of the spirit of Congress is the rejection
by the Senate of Mr. Terrell and Colonel Riley as their repre-
sentatives in Great Britain and the United States, and I also
learn that no appropriation has been made for the support of
any persons in those Stations. The pretext for these proceed-
ings is economy, but the improved state of the finance is the
sufficient answer to that plea and their real motive no doubt, is
the dislike of those Gentlemen to the Annexation project, with
perhaps some feeling that this Government would avail itself of
the presence of a representative in Europe to facilitate combina-
tions adverse to Annexation.
Without under valuing any inference deducible from these
proceedings of Congress, I would take the liberty to remind
Your Lordship that the House of Representatives is elected an-
nually by the way of universal suffrage, and it would be unsound
and unjust to consider that the decisions of such a Body afford
14All enclosures in this letter are newspaper cuttings from the Galves-
ton Ciicilian, but are without date.
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