The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 182
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the capital kept him informed on the Congressional situation so
that he was able to come about with the political wind.64 Thus,
when he met the Mexican commissioner, Salazar, on August 26
and 27, 1852, Emory was able to avoid the trap of confirming the
initial-point agreement by signing the maps with the reservation
that he was merely witnessing the previous agreement of the two
commissioners.65 Stuart's order had been obeyed; the Mexican
commissioner was satisfied. The Democrats still had their loop-
hole, and Emory's career was saved.66
In June, 1852, while Bartlett was making his way through
California and Emory was directing the surveys of the Upper
Rio Grande, John B. Weller, at the time a newly-elected senator
from California, arrived in Washington and began a debate in
the Senate which led to a review of the whole boundary survey,
and ultimately to the suspension of its activity. Weller considered
himself a victim of political assassination, and he was primarily
interested in vindicating his own reputation and gaining revenge
on the Whigs. Both of these ends were achieved in a lengthy
speech delivered by the senator on July 6 wherein he reviewed
the history of the boundary survey to date, and called into ques-
tion Bartlett's present prosecution of the survey.6" His personal
assault provided a rallying point for other groups who were both
opposed to the Whigs and interested in expansion. During the
exchange between Weller and Senator Clarke, following the Cali-
fornian's speech, Rusk of Texas interjected a comment which
shifted the focus away from Weller and onto the Bartlett-Cond6
agreement. He declared emphatically:
I do not intend to vote another dollar to this boundary commis-
sion-so far from it, I mean to resist the appropriation of any more
money until we have some assurance that the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo and not the negotiations between the commissioners is to
settle the initial point of the line upon the Rio Grande.6s
64E. L. F. Hardcastle to Emory, Washington, July 29, 1852, ibid., folder XII,
osEmory to Jos6 Salazar Ylarregui, Minutes of their official meeting at Presidio
del Norte, August 26 and 27, 1852, ibid.
66Emory to James Y. Mason, February 16, 1853, ibid., folder XIV, January-June,
47 Congressional Globe, 32nd Cong., Ist Sess., Vol. XXIV, Part II, July 6, 1852,
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959, periodical, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/m1/225/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.