The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 87
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
most despatch and secrecy to Mexico in order to make a fresh.
explanation to the Ministers of our Courts there of the extreme
difficulty of the President's situation, and the urgency of im-
mediate promptitude, and exact conformity to the preliminary
arrangement here submitted. On that condition the President
consented, but he exacted from us a personal assurance that the
Memorandum of Conference, should only be confided to our
Courts, and to the Ministers at Washington and Mexico.
It must be admitted that His Excellency has not exaggerated
the serious responsibility he has incurred. But we confidently
hope that He may depend upon the early successful interven-
tion of the two Courts at Mexico, and that Confidence was forti-
fied by my own private information from Mr Pakenhamn, and
subsequently by a private letter from Mr Bankhead dated March
1st., also reporting the favourable dispositions of the new Gov-
With these dispositions in that quarter we feel that it has.
been a point of great moment to prevent any sudden action
here in an opposite direction and Your Lordship will judge
how little time was left to us when I mention that we met Major
Donnelson within 10 Miles of Washington scarcely six hours
from the time that we had concluded, with eager requests to,
know if Congress was already convoked, and speaking of that
Measure as one of course, and necessarily decisive of the whole
We told him that we supposed the Government were waiting
the tidings, and that nothing had transpired of their purposes.
But in spite of the earnest efforts of Major Donnelson and the'
friends of Annexation, it is our opinion that the steadfastness
of the President to the present arrangement may be confidenti-
ally depended upon and we are equally satisfied that he will keep,
his promise not to reassemble the present Congress.
We cannot but express the hope that within the period of
90 days our Governments will have either succeeded in dispos-
ing Mexico to acknowledge the independence of Texas, or have
forwarded to this Country such a formal declaration of their
purpose to sustain it, and prevent further disturbance and com-
plication from Mexico as will enable the friends of independence
to defeat their opponents at the next election. The party on
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