The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 90
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saying that such is to be the case. Whilst Mr Smith will be
of the highest use in Europe, it may be depended that Mr Allen
will adequately and safely replace him here. Mr Smith told
us that there had been great difficulty in inducing some of the
Cabinet to consent to refrain from any movement in the direc-
tion of the United States Negotiation, for so long a time, not
from any good will to the resolutions, but because they con-
scientiously felt that it would be almost impossible to keep the
people patient for such a considerable period, and we cannot but
admit that it will require the utmost degree of caution, firm-
ness, and address upon the part of this Government to manage
these affairs with success.
I do not offer Your Lordship any excuse for the determina-
tion to proceed to Mexico, for I hope that none can be neces-
sary. Personally considered, if I may venture to intrude a per-
sonal consideration, it is distressing to me on several grounds;
but the President attached so much importance to it, and my
Colleague advocated it so strongly that I have thought it my
duty to go. I shall of course take every practicable precaution
to keep my visit there strictly secret and shall not remain one
day longer than may be necessary for purpose of full explana-
tion. With the intention of concealment I shall cause it to be
understood that the Electra has gone to Bermuda with despatches
to meet the homeward Mail, and that She will drop me at Charles-
town, to which place I have for some time been expecting that
Mrs Elliot would pay a visit.
I shall also ask the Commander not to anchor at Vera Cruz,
but to send me in to any English or French Man of War lying
there, as an officer charged with despatches for HI-er Majesty's
Minister at Mexico, and the ship will go away, and be reported
by another name. It is also my purpose not to. return to this
place or New Orleans from Mexico, but if possible to land
somewhere in the United States where I am not known, and to
return to New Orleans in some unobserved manner. I hope to
be there by the 1st May in time to receive my despatches by the
The Ministers of the two Powers in Mexico will be best able
to judge of the mode of operating upon Mexico but I need hardly
say that it does not form part of our plan that these preliminary
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