The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 78
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
for even if the people could be brought to take the line of the
"Nueces" for the present, he thought there was reason to, ap-
prehend further troubles at no remote period arising out of these
claims to, the line of the Rio Grande which they had so long
been accustomed to consider was their frontier.
I told Mr Smith I would of course communicate his views
-to Your Lordship by the earliest opportunity, but whilst I was
without the means of forming any opinion upon the willingness
of Her Majesty's Government to press these territorial preten-
sions upon Mexico, for the subject never had been adverted to
in any Communication of Your Lordship to me, I could not but
state my own impression that there was very little reason to sup-
pose that they would ever be admitted by Mexico.
I may take the liberty however, in this place to state my own
opinion to Your Lordship that whilst it would certainly be for
the safety of Mexico to adhere to the line of the Nueces as the
'Western frontier of Texas, by reason of the desert nature of
the Country between that river and the Rio Grande, it would
no doubt be a matter of general and considerable convenience
to the foreign trade with Texas, to endeavor to secure from Mex-
ico the cession of the Keys or Islands facing the Coast, as far
down as the Harbour of Brassos. Santiago, at the Mouth of
the Rio Grande. This despatch affords me a convenient occasion
to mention to Your Lordship that recent communications have
taken place between General Arista Commanding in the North
of Mexico, and by them no doubt made known to this Govern-
I am disposed to think from what I have learnt of that
Officer's character and opinions, and the general temper of the
Provinces contiguous to Texas, as well as from other Circum-
stances in Your Lordship's knowledge, that it is quite probable
there may be some reports of considerable importance in con-
templation, the further development of which may depend in
a, great degree upon the course of the new Governments in Mex-
ico and the United States.
It seems to me forming my opinion partly from information
and partly from reflection that General Arista's schemes pro-
pose the junction of Texas with the Provinces contiguous to
this Country for the purpose of securing from the Central Gov-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917, periodical, 1917; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/m1/84/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.