The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 94
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN30
No. 10. Galveston.
Jany. 26th. 1846.
Taking the liberty to refer Your Lordship to my despatch No.
7. I would beg leave to say a few words upon the contrariety be-
tween the language which the late and present Presidents of Texas
held to me for communication to Her Majesty's Government, and
that which has otherwise found it's way before the public.
Your Lordship is aware that they both frequently assured me
they preferred the separate existence and independence of the
Country, recognized by Mexico, to it's absorption in the North
American Confederacy, and that they have both over and over
again as well to me, as in formal public papers, expressed their
perfect confidence in the friendly and unconditional support and
just purposes of Her Majesty's Government.
General Houston ever since I have known him, has always been
more emphatic in the expression of his determined opposition
against Annexation than the present President, and more sanguine
in his avowed belief that the people of this Country would never
sacrifice their independence if it's acknowledgment could be se-
cured from Mexico. Speaking of Mr. Jones I believe that he went
as far as he could, to secure a wiser and more honourable turn
than affairs had taken.
But it is not to be denied that a time arrived when General
Houston was acted upon by influence which succeeded, not in-
deed in engaging him in any active sense, overtly or otherwise,
favour of Annexation, (at least till a very late period, and only
after the election of the Deputies had made it certain that the
Measure would be carried in Texas, or if not after that period,
very close upon it). But those influences effectually succeeded to
the extent of keeping him passive and observant throughout a
critical state of public feeling in this Country.
What the result.might have been if General Houston, supported
as he would have been, had decisively interposed at an early stage
in favour of independence, I cannot say, and I am aware that
his situation was difficult. But at all events it is manifest that
80F. O. Texas, Vol. 16.
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