The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 80
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The pretext for Mr Buchanan's9 censures was the concealment
of the place of my destination when I left Texas in April last,
but it may be that the success of my visit to Mexico is the foun-
dation of this irritation. For Mr Buchanan possibly understands
that when the popular intoxication has subsided in Texas there
may be bitter repinings at the great sacrifice into which the people
have been deluded and hurried, and indignation against the acts
and devices and motives of the parties by whom, and for whose ad-
vantage, the act of excessive folly has been brought about.
Suffer me to remind Your Lordship that the two events of the
dispositions of the Mexican Government towards accommodation
on the basis of the independence of Texas, and the earnest desire
of Her Majesty's Government that these dispositions should be
met in a corresponding spirit by the Government of Texas, became
known to me within a few days of each other at the end of March
last. It had happened that just before that period, with the An-
nexation resolutions passed in the United States, and a party in
power there, deeply committed to the Measure, I had considered
that I could be of no further use on the spot for the present, and
was in the intention of going to Charleston to meet my family.
These intentions were generally known at Galveston when the
Electra arrived,--but then followed the change of circumstances
that led to my visit to Mexico.
The concealment of the place of my destination till something
definite could be procured from Mexico, and laid before the public
of Texas, was indispensably necessary to protect that Government
against the indirect practices and proceedings to which they were
exposed. No person was better aware of their situation in that
respect than myself, and feeling that it was incumbent upon me
in the spirit of my instructions, to second their wise and sincere
desire to secure to the people of Texas a choice between independ-
ence on honourable terms, and the rash sacrifice of their National-
ity, I adopted the course which has brought upon me the repre-
hension of a Gentleman of Mr. Buchanan's claims to direct and
disinterested public conduct, and ingenuous political correspond-
It was the last chance that was left of preventing serious public
"Buchanan was at this time secretary of state in Polk's cabinet.
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