The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 88
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the side of the first is naturally cautions, and unwilling to de-
clare itself openly against the connexion with the United States
whilst so much doubt exists. But it comprises a considerable
portion of the intelligence and respectability of the Country,
and I believe there is ground for the opinion that it is stronger
than it appears to be, and that its friends will rally round it
with courage and confidence as soon as they know authentically
that it is within their reach. Major Donnelson's anxiety to
learn where General Houston was (which we could not tell him
exactly) was another significant hint of the direction in which
he proposes to operate, and coming immediately from General
Jackson for whom General Houston has so much friendship, it
is not to be denied that his influence may be very powerful un
that quarter. General Houston however has other friends in this
Country who will endeavour to keep him in the way of his abid-
ing honour and duty and we have certainly heard nothing which
leads us to dismiss the hope of their success
In conformity with Your Lordship's directions I only com-
municated the substance of Mr Bankhead's despatch with its
inclosure, and indeed I must state that it would have been hope-
less to induce the President to pause if he had been officially
-certified of the nature of some of the proposals made by Mexico.
Nothing that is so much mixed with securities and guarantees
upon the part of the European Powers, Great Britain in par-
ticular, can be offered to this people, with the least hope of
success, and the knowledge of these proposals of Mexico at the
present moment would be decisive against the possibility of main-
taining the Independence of the Country. They would light up
-a flame from one end of the North American Confederacy to
Pressed by the advanced state of the circumstances and the
necessity of immediately meeting the danger of an Assembly of
Congress, or opening of Negotiation with the United States, it
has been out of our power with any regard to the objects of
our instructions to confine ourselves to a report of the disposi-
tions of the Government. Good as those dispositions are, the
report we should have been compelled to make would virtually
have involved an account of the sacrifice of the independence of
the Country. But we have had the less hesitation in adopting
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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/m1/94/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.