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to ry b-efore the President a copy of the two first-mentioned papers, and
of others connected with them.
There is not on the files of this department any communication from the
chairg d'affaires of Texas, showing that the proposition of this Government
for the annexation of that country to the United States was temporarily declined,
nor any thing to show that such communication was ever made, in
wtiting, to the late Mr. Upsliur.
All which is respectfully submitted.
J. C. CALHOUN.
DEPART-MENT OF STATE,
Washington, May 2, 1844.
Mr. Webster to Mr. Van Zandt.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, February 2,1843.
The undersigned, Secretary of State of the United States, has the honor
to ackuowledge the receipt of the notes, of the 14th of December and 24th
ultimo of Mr. Van Zandt, charge d'affaires of Texas, the first inviting
the attention of this Government to the character of the war waged by the
Mexican Republic against Texas, and the other relating to the interposition
of the Government of the United Statess and of other Governments,
for the purpose of bringing about a peace between those two countries.
In reply, the undersigned has the honor to inform Mr. Van Zandt that a
copy of the notes referred to has been communicated to the minister of the
United States at Mexico, with an instruction from this department upon
the subjects to which they relate.
The undersigned avails himself of this occasion to offer Mr. Van Zandt
renewed assurances of his high consideration.
Mr. Webster to Mr. Thompson.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
HWashington, January 31, 1843.
SIR: I transmit a copy of two notes addressed to this department by the
charg6 d'affaires of Texas. The first, dated the 14th ultimo, requests the
interposition of this Government for the purpose of inducing that of the
Mexican Republic to abstain from carrying on the war against Texas, by
means of predatory incursions, in which the proclamations and promises of
the Mexican commanders are flagrantly violated, non-combatants seized
and detained as prisoners of war, and private property used and destroyed.
This department entirely concurs in the opinion of Mr. Van Zandt, that
practices such as these are not justifiable or sanctioned by the modern law
of nations. - Yon will take occasion to converse with the Mexican Secretary,
in a friendly manner, and represent to him how greatly it would contribute
to the advantage as well as the honor of Mexico, to abstain alto:
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