Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 38 of 119
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State of the United States. of thie 16th inistan. i. w-ic-hii the undersigened is
informed that the subject of the annexation of Texas to thle United States,
by treaty, has engaged the serious attention of the Government of the latter;
and that, unless the views of the Administration shall undergo a very
great and unexpected change, Mr. Upshuir will be prepared to make a proposition
to that effect, whenever the undersigned shall be prepared with
proper powers to meet it. Th-e undersigned has the honor to acquaint Mr.
Upshur, in reply, that a copy of the communication above referred to has
been despatched by a special messenger to the Government of Texas, for
its consideration and determination, and that so soon as an answer shall
be received the undersigned will immediately communicate the same to
The undersigned with pleasure avails himiself of this occasion to offer to
Mr. Upshur renewed assurances of his distinguished consideration.
ISAAC VAN ZANDT.
ion. A. P. UPSEITR
iMr. Everee! to Mr. Ipshur.
No. 62.] LON-DON, Novenmber 3, 1843.
SIR : I have already acknowiedged the receipt of your communications on
the subject of the abolition of slavery in Texas. You suggest to me the expediency
of communicating freely with the Texan charg( d'affaires, as one
mode of gaining information as to the measures which may be in progress
towards the end alluded to. The relations of entire friendship which have
ever subsisted between this gentleman and myself, and which had their
origin in the letters of introduction which he brought me from President
Houston, fully warranted me in applying to him directly on the subject.
He had just left London for Paris, where he is also accredited. I lost no time
in addressing him a private letter, requesting information as to the state of
the negotiations, to whiclh have, as yet, received no reply. I shall not
fail, without delay, to transmit you whatever information he may communicate
I had an interview with Lord Aberdeen the first day of his return to
town, having requested it while he was yet in the country. I had severai
matters to bring to his notice, as you will have seen from the preceding despatches
forwarded by this steamer. Having disposed of them, I then, in
obedience to your instructions, alluded to the agency which the British
Government were supposed to be exercising to procure the abolition of
slavery in Texas. Lord Aberdeen said he was glad I had mentioned this
subject, for it was one on which he intended himself to make some observations.
His attention had been called to some suggestions in the American
papers in favor of the annexation of Texas to the Union, by way of
counteracting the designs imputed to England; and he would say, that if
this measure were undertaken on any such grounds, it would be wholly
without provocation. England had acknowledged the independence of
Texas, and had treated and would continue to treat her as an independent
Power. That England had long been pledged to encourage the abolition
of the slave trade and of slavery, as far as her influence extended, and
in every proper way, but had no wish to interfere in the internal concerns
of foreign Governments. She gave her advice, where she thought t would
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