The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 89
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
the proposals made by Mr Smith as the basis of our proceed-
ings, perceiving that they accord with the wish of our Govern-
ments that Mexico should merely acknowledge the independence
of Texas under a Stipulation that it should be maintained, leav-
ing all other terms and conditions to be matter of Negotiation.
I called the attention of the President and Mr Smith to the
absence of any stipulation respecting indemnity, which Mr Smith
had dclared their willingness to pay in the conversation reported
in my despatch No. 10. They said that they faithfully adhered
to, that offer, but they had avoided it's direct acknowledgment
in the condition because they desired they should go before the
people here on their return from Mexico in such a. shape as
would secure support, and they forcibly felt that they could not
be altered in point of language without imminent danger to the
prospect of success, already sufficiently critical.
We availed ourselves of our late visit at Washington to press
upon the President the unsuitableness of leaving our Courts
without a representative of this Country at the present moment,
and we said that we both felt it would be taken to be a strik-
ing proof of the good dispositions of this Government at this
Crisis, if His Excellency would send back his present Secretary
of State. He was known and highly appreciated both in Lon-
don and in Paris, and he would be able to afford such a com-
plete explanation of the situation of circumstances here as would
be very desirable at this time.
We therefore trusted he would be reappointed, and desired to
proceed to his post with the utmost despatch with full powers
to conclude any engagement which might seem to the Govern-
ments and himself to be necessary for the safety of the Country.
What was done there might be sent out here to us, and acted
upon or not according to the result from Mexico. The Presi-
dent with his usual friendly confidence in us acceded to our
request, and Mr Smith will probably reach England by the Mid-
dle of May.
I would wish to say to Your Lordship privately, that it was
a point of importance, with us in making this request that Mr
Smith would probably be succeeded by Mr Allen the present
Attorney General, a man of excellent sense, high character, and
the best dispositions in this matter; and we have satisfaction in
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