The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 79
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
ernment some such relaxation as was recently wrung from Santa
Anna at Yucatan, and it may be that failing in that object there
may be some renewed attempt to form what Your Lordship will
remember to have heard of as the "Republic of Rio Grande."
Her Majesty's Government will probably have better informa-
tion upon these points from Mexico than I can furnish from
here, but I make no doubt that some project of the kind, is in
contemplation, though it may be that circumstances will con-
spire to defeat it for the present. It should be mentioned in
connexion with this subject that the trade between Texas and
Mexico has been steadily improving since the Armistice of June
1843, and if nothing should occur to interrupt, it (which is less
likely, since the mended finance of this Country has enabled the
Government to Station a small force on the frontier for the
maintainence of order, and the protection of the traders) I be-
lieve it will soon be of considerable political importance, as
well as Commercial.
Mr Smith observed, to me in the course of conversation a
day or two since, that if Mexico should require guarantees for
the faithful execution of the treaty respecting the abandonment
of any further Annexation projects, he thought it was possible
that the Governments of Her Majesty and The King of the
French might not be averse to offer them. I said I was with-
out any information upon that subject, and could form no, opin-
ion upon it. But I venture here to state to Your Lordship my
own belief that the best guarantee for Mexico in that particu-
lar would be in the suitableness of the Scheme itself to the in-
terests of this people, and the certainty that the Country upon
an independent footing would rapidly fill up with a population
not at all disposed to connect themselves in that way with the
I think that it might be pressed with force, and I am sure
with great truth upon Mexico, that nothing could tend more to
keep alive the feeling of hostile eagerness in the United States
or here, in favour of Annexation, than the knowledge of the ex-
istence of any guarantees against it by the European Govern-
ments. The sounder policy in my humble judgment would be
that all parties should be left free to act according to circum-
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