The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 85
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
lature and Government also arrived here this Morning and I am
informed by the President of Texas that the Legislature of the
Proposed State will be assembled on the 16th Proximo, when the
Government of the Republic will be dissolved.
He observed to me that Your Lordship's despatch No. 17, should
be acknowledged by the Secretary of State on his return to this
place where he was shortly expected; but he would take occasion
to converse with me again upon the subject, at Galveston.
To The Right Honourable.
The Earl of Aberdeen. K. T.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN21
No. 5. Galveston
January. 15th 1846.
The President conversed with me to day upon the subject of
Your Lordship's despatch No 17 of 1845.
Her Majesty's Government might depend that the Treaties would
be fully and faithfully executed by the Government of the Re-
public of Texas to the last moment of it's existence.
And, therefore, as nothing practical could arise during the brief
survival of the present institutions of this Country, involving any
question under the principles declared in Your Lordship's despatch,
he thought that no more would be necessary, or indeed proper on
the part of this Government, than a notice that the Communication
had been recorded.
It was true that the Congress of the United States had already
passed a law extending the revenue system of that Country over
Texas, but that law could not go into operation because it was in
contravention of the Constitution of the State of Texas, as ac-
cepted by the Legislature and Government of the United States.
For that instrument provided that the Government and Laws of
the Republic of Texas should remain in force, till the State Legis-
lature should be in Session, and the State Government duly in-
The imposts therefore would be levied on Merchandize and pro-
2IF. O. Texas, Vol. 16.
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