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1844, and May 30, I846, made five trips to New Orleans and spent four-
fifths of his time there). No wonder the latter's reports were too frequently
based upon newspaper accounts. Of Dubois de Saligny's ninety-eight letters
reproduced here, forty-four are date-lined New Orleans, sixteen Plaque-
mines, one Natchitoches, five Madisonville (Madison), all in Louisiana;
twenty-seven Galveston, three Nacogdoches, and one each Crockett and
Cramayel's conduct was irreproachable. He was able to avoid developing
the conflicts of interest which proved so troublesome to Dubois de Saligny
in the performance of his duties. He soon concluded that the "Texian na-
tionality" was largely an illusion that would disappear at the first oppor-
tunity to become annexed to the American Union to the North. He believed
that there could be no long term peace for Texas except that based upon a
complete separation of Texas from Mexico. While he had a thorough dis-
taste for his surroundings in the wilderness of Texas, he stuck out an assign-
ment intended to last six months but which lasted a year. He found a coop-
erative spirit in the Texas government. He sought to become well informed
of the real conditions in Texas, for he found in the various publications on
Texas much ignorance, "deliberate exaggeration, or outright lies, so that it
was impossible for any conscientious person to use them as guides for any
purpose whatsoever" (p. 470). He sought to gain his information from
original documents and from first-hand observation.
Upon Dubois de Saligny's return to Texas he became involved with the
British charge d'affaires, Charles Elliot, in a cooperative effort to bring
about an armistice between Texas and Mexico, with the object of staving
off annexation of Texas to the United States without undue risk to France
or England. It was believed that peace might in time lead to Mexican
recognition of the independence of Texas. The charged d'affaires was in-
structed by Guizot to keep his conversations with Texans about the Mexican
problem and about recognition on an unofficial level, to avoid bold state-
ments, and to make no guarantees for the future, but at the same time to
give moral support to any negotiations that would result in recognition of
Texan independence by Mexico.
These documents contain valuable information about the Republic of
Texas, its government, politics, personalities, economy, geography, and cli-
mate. Vivid word portraits are given of the enterprising, rough, determined,
and indomitable Texans. The documents of The French Legation in Texas
reveal clearly the extent of cooperation between Great Britain and France in
Texas in their efforts to prevent the annexation of Texas to the United
States, and summarize well the feelings of the Mexican government toward
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