The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 35
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdn
Conferences between Poinsett and AlamAn continued until
October with no progress."
In September, 1825, H. G. Ward reported to George Canning
that he had more than once warned Mexican officials of the
danger to Texas in the migration of American "backwoodsmen"
and that he had urged the evil be checked before it was too late.
In November he went over the matter with President Victoria,
laying before him a map which showed all the American settle-
ments and a detailed report on the province of Texas. Ward
alleged that Poinsett was endeavoring to influence the Mexican
congress to take the whole matter out of the hands of the execu-
tive by relinquishing control over the public lands to the several
states; he suggested to Victoria that he give the matter his im-
mediate attention. At the end of a long interview the Mexican
president resolved that a commission should be sent at once
to Texas to report on conditions there; soon afterwards Ward
was instrumental in having Victoria appoint General Mier y
Teran to head it. Ward believed that Mier y Teran was strongly
anti-American, but he feared that he might decline the offer
to head the commission on account of pique over his failure
to obtain the appointment as minister to England; for that
reason he hurried to persuade him to accept,7 and having suc-
ceeded, he wrote to Canning on November 15, 1825, as follows:
I have little doubt that the affair will now be very
speedily arranged. The President has given General
Teran the manuscript map of Texas which I left with
him .... If General Teran goes to the frontier, there
will be no occasion for any further interference on
our part, as he will, I know, send in a report which
will open the eyes of the congress, and make them fully
aware of the danger with which they are threatened.8
6"Thus within a few months after the negotiations had begun each
government discovered that the other, while claiming to be willing to
ratify and abide by the Treaty of 1819, was really wishing to secure the
extreme limits claimed by the United States on the one side and by Spain
on the other before that treaty was concluded. Each had also discovered
that the other was determined not to give up anything which that treaty
secured to it. But each hoped something would happen to break down the
determination of the other. Having thus found it impossible to come to
any understanding for the time regarding the matter of limits, little of
importance passed between the negotiators for more than a year." William
R. Manning, "Texas and the Boundary Issue, 1822-1829," in The South-
western Historical Quarterly, XVII, 229-230.
7J. Fred Rippy, "Britain's Role in the Early Relations of the United
States and Mexico," in The Hispanic American Historical Review, VII,
8lbid., 14. See also E. C. Barker, Mexico and Texas, 39.
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