The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 168
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Britain, as related in the second chapter. His efforts, however, to
secure the aid of European powers to force Mexico to sign a treaty
of peace, recognizing the independence of Texas, proved futile.
Chapter Three is given to the failure of General Hamilton to
obtain financial aid or other concrete results, which failure he
ascribed to the unsettled conditions of Europe. Accompanied by
Captain Victor Pirson, confidential agent for Belgium, Hamilton
returned to Austin, where he found himself under fire by press and
politicians. Pirson, however, obtained concessions from the gov-
ernment of Texas for large land grants for Belgian colonization,
with which he returned to Europe.
Upon the departure from Paris of Hamilton, George S. Mc-
Intosh, was named charge d'affaires and resumed the delicate and
difficult negotiations which were later taken up by Dr. Ashbel
Smith, who became the Texas charge d'affaires to London and Paris
in 1842. Particularly emphatic was his protest against the con-
struction in British shipyards, of two warships, Guadalupe and
Montezuma, for Mexico. This question of neutrality embarrassed
Lord Aberdeen. Smith proposed triple mediation by France, Great
Britain, and the United States between Texas and Mexico. This
movement for peace was futile, although France consented to act
as one of the mediators. Smith entered into negotiations with
Spain, in which the relations of Cuban commerce with Mexico and
Texas became factors and in which Washington Irving, then
United States minister at Madrid, took part. In 1843, Texas sent
William Henry Daingerfield to Europe to negotiate treaties with
the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Bremen, and Lubeck. Dainger-
field arrived in Havre on June 5, repaired to London to confer
with Smith, and arrived in Paris on July 24. There, great satis-
faction was expressed over the suspension of hostilities between
Texas and Mexico. Proceeding to Frankfort, Daingerfield was
presented to Burgomaster Frederic de Meyer, expressing a desire
for a commercial treaty with the then free city and with the
German Zoll Verein. Proceeding to The Hague, Holland having
been the second European nation to recognize the independence of
Texas, he presented his credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs
Schimmelpennick. He was accorded a brilliant reception, mainly
through the friendliness of Charles Hughes, the United States
charge d'affaires. Proceeding to Brussels, Daingerfield was granted
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