The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 75
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
forthcoming, were Annexation to the United States consum-
mated; A market for the product would then be found at home,
while lands now waste, or subjected to a very imperfect tillage,
would, command a price calculated to raise the owners from the
condition of a barren proprietorship to a state of comparative
The Committee of Congress on the state of the Republic, when
instituting their inquiries respecting the British Sugar Market,
were doubtless desirous to ascertain whether, in the event of
Texas retaining her independence, an equivalent for the advan-
tages secured to the home grown under the American System
of protection, might be found elsewhere.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN30
No 10. Galveston
March 6th. 1845.
I have recently had several communications with Mr Ashbell
Smith respecting the policy and dispositions of this Govern-
ment. He believes, with the President, that the temper of this
people is changing, and that if terms of Independence are speed-
ily offered by Mexico they will be very generally acceptable and
But he dwells a good deal (as the President had done,) on
the increasing strength of a rising Sugar growing interest in
Texas, as the party most favorable to Annexation, and expresses
much hope that Her Majesty's Government will be willing to
make some proposals in that respect calculated to weaken these
I observed that he could have hardly failed to remark during
his late residence in England firstly that the principle of dis-
criminating duties was not favourably regarded there, and
secondly with respect to the sugar duties, that owing to a variety
of causes and the union of a great body of political opinion,
otherwise of various shades, upon one consideration connected
with that branch, of the public revenue; it might be very diffi-
aoF. O., Texas, Vol. 13.
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