The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 65
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
Government is still only temporarily situated at Washington,
where there is neither lodging nor convenience of any kind, nor
steady communication with the Coast, and from whence the
President and most of the Members of his Cabinet are absent
as much as possible during the recess.
Beyond these considerations it should be mentioned that it
is one of the most unhealthy situations of which I have any
knowledge in my 30 years experience of the bad climates of the
World, and therefore till this Government is permanently fixed
somewhere it is not to be expected that any of the foreign
Agents accredited to it, should establish themselves at such a
They have none of them done so, merely going there when
they had any business with the Government. By a law passed
in the late Session of Congress it has been determined that the
situation of a permanent seat for the Government should be
settled by a Majority of the Votes of the people in the Elections
of 1847. And in the present state of all the circumstances of
the case I would submit to Your Lordship that I should be
allowed to reside in the United States during the recess of Con-
gress in Texas, (unless I may at any time have business with
the Government requiring my presence here) of course at some
point where I should be in the line of my correspondence with
Your Lordship, and with Her Majesty's Ministers at Washington
If this arrangement is sanctioned I shall proceed to join
my family in Philadelphia as soon as I have had the honour to
receive Your Lordship's reply and remain to the Northward till
the Autumn, unless I should receive any Instructions in the in-
terval requiring me to. return here before that time, which I
could do almost as soon as any Despatch could reach me in
Texas; And indeed during the Summer Months owing to the
frequent interruptions of the Mail communications between New
Orleans and Galveston, probably sooner, unless the Despatches
were forwarded by Special Messenger authorized to charter a ves-
sel from New Orleans. On my return to New Orleans in the
Autumn I should fix my family there or in the nighbourhood
and come on myself to Texas for the meeting of Congress.
Perhaps Your Lordship will give me leave to, mention that I
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