The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 85
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
scene with all the means he could naturally have for engaging
this Government in an opposite direction, or at all events of
effectually preventing them from engaging themselves in any way
for the support of the independence of the Country.
We had the good fortune to arrive at Washington before any
official tidings from the United States, and we hope that the
Measure we were able to complete before disturbing circum-
stances presented themselves will be satisfactory to our Govern-
ments; a brief space, for Major Donnalson was actually within
20 Miles of Washington when the Memorandum of Conference
was signed, as Your Lordship will learn in the sequel of this
In a careful examination of the Situation of our circumstances
during our voyage to Washington we could not fail to perceive
that if the Scheme adopted in the United States should be that
known as Mr Brown's resolutions the great immediate danger
was in the success of the strenuous efforts to induce the Presi-
dent forthwith to call a Session of Congress. The present Con-
gress, in existence till the first Monday in September next, par-
ticularly the House of Representatives, is by far the least re-
spectable or trustworthy that I have seen since my residence in
this Country, and, has already so deeply committed itself to the
Cause of Annexation that we felt every hope for the honourable
and safe adjustment of this grave question must be relinquished
unless the Assembly of that Body could be obviated. If the por-
tion of the plan selected by the Governt of the United States
should be Mr. Benton's resolution,40 the danger indeed was of
another kind, but certainly not at all less serious. Such a Com-
mission from the United States sitting in Texas, as that Gen-
tleman' project contemplates, founded upon an appropriation of
$100,000, would at once over whelm the whole power and influ-
ence of the Constituted Authorities of the land. In the one case
the Nationality of the Country would be helped to destruction
by the Assembly of their own Congress; In the other by the As-
sembly of the Commissioners from the United States.
Fully concurring in these opinions, and in view of the ad-
vanced state of affairs we agreed that it was incumbent upon us
to use every effort consistent with the object of our instructions to
"oSee p. 67, note 20.
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