The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 37
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The Mercer Colony in Texas, 1844-1883
colonization and the abolition of slavery were agreeable to both
3 St. James St.
Sir, London, Oct. 3, 1842
Permit me to introduce to your favorable regards S. Converse,
Esqr. Several gentlemen of this country of great wealth and
respectability propose to induce emigrants into Texas, within the
limit of the colony said to be established near the Red River in
compliance with the terms of a contract made under a law of
Texas in which the name of Daniel J. Carrol is mentioned. As
I am unable to give them any information either as to the inter-
est or the share of Dr. Carrol in the contract or as to what
progress has been made in complying with its conditions they
have deemed it best to dispatch a special Agent for the purpose
of obtaining the requisite information in Texas.
Mr. A. T. Burnley now in London as well as other gentlemen
connected with Texas, have informed me that considerable progress
has been made in the settlement of the colony under the contract
above alluded to. I have deemed it within the line of my official
duty to state to the gentlemen here, that Dr. Carrol not being
present in Texas at the time of concluding the contract, it is prob-
able enough that his name may not be embraced in it; and, more-
over that I am unable to inform them what rights or interest Dr.
Carrol may claim in the said contract.
The wealth and highly respectable standing of the parties in
London, as well as my personal acquaintance with some of the
gentlemen, offer in my opinion a sufficient and faithful perform-
ance of whatever they shall undertake, and justify me in recom-
mending Mr. Converse to the favorable notice of the Texian Gov-
ernment. I may also add that the Honorable Charles Fenton
Mercer has united in wishing me to present Mr. Converse to your
I have the honor to remain,
Your obedient servant,
In November, 1842, Charles Elliot, British charge d'affaires
at Galveston wrote his government proposing a plan for the aboli-
tion of slavery and the adoption of free trade, and recommending
the best course for England to obtain peace for Texas with Mexico
on the condition that Texas abandon slavery and adopt free
9George P. Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas,
1025. Published as Annual Report of the American Historical Association
for the year, 1908, Volume II, Part 2.
'"Smith, The Annexation of Texas, 91.
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