The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 234
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Mexico. In the winter of 1840-1841 Saligny made himself ob-
noxious to the Government by his strenuous advocacy of the noto-
rious Franco-Texienne bill, which the Houston party was attempt-
ing to pass over the opposition of the administration. The oppo-
sition of the Government to the bill induced a coolness on the
part of Saligny, and the assault by a Mr. Bullock on the servant
of Saligny led to a disgraceful quarrel between Saligny and the
secretary of state, resulting in a request for the recall of the
French charge d'affaires. It had no other effect than the pos-
sible one of defeating the loan negotiations in France. Saligny
calmly waited until the close of Lamar's administration, when he
knew the new President would be more friendly to himself and his
To conclude, in foreign affairs the Lamar administration was
notably successful. At its beginning only the United States had
acknowledged the independence of Texas, and no commercial
rights were recognized by any country; while at its close inde-
pendence had been recognized by France, the Netherlands, Great
Britain, and Belgium, and favorable commercial treaties had been
adopted with France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. A
notable failure was the attempt to conciliate Mexico, but in that
case the failure does not prove the policy unwise. The policy was
advised and abetted by the United States and Great Britain, and
though the Houston party criticised it, Houston found it neces-
sary to adopt a similar policy after the beginning of his second
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