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gether from predatory incursions and other similar modes of warfare.
Mexico has an undoubted right to resubjugate Texas, if she can, so far as
other States are concerned, by the common and lawful means of war. But
other States are interested-and especially the United States, a near neighbor
to both parties, are interested not only in the restoration of peace between
them, but also in the manner in which the war shall be conducted,
if it shall continue. These suggestions may suffice for what you are requested
to say, amicably and kindly, to the Mexican Secretary, at present;
but I may add, for your information, that it is in the contemplation of this
Government to remonstrate in a more formal manner with Mexico, at a
period not far distant, unless she shall consent to make peace with Texas,
or shall show the disposition and ability to prosecute the war with respectable
The second note of Mr. Van Zandt is dated the 24th instant, and relates
to the mediation of the United States for the purpose of effecting a recognition
by Mexico of the independence of Texas. You will not cease in
your endeavors for this purpose, but it is not expected that you will deviate
from the instructions which have heretofore been given to you upon the
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Mr. Van Zandt to Mr. [Webster.
LEGATION OF TEXAS,
Washington City, January 24, 1843.
SIR: The undersigned, charg6 d'affaires of the Republic of Texas, has
been instructed to communicate to Mr. Webster, Secretary of State of the
United States, the following information, with the desires of the Government
of Texas in relation to the same, to which Mr. Webster's attention is
Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain having agreed, by the terms
of a conve.,tion concluded at London, on the 14th of November, 1840,
between Her Majesty's Government and the Republic of Texas, to tender
her good offices of mediation for the purpose of effecting an amicable adjustment
of the difficulties now pending between Texas and Mexico,
accordingly instructed her minister in Mexico to present the same to the
Mexican Government. In pursuance of these instructions, the mediation of
Great Britain was proposed to and rejected by the Government of Mexico.
Texas, still animated by a desire to avoid a flirther collision and resort to
arms, sought to obtain a triple mediation of the three great Powers, the United
States, France, and England, with a hope that, under their auspices, a proper
settlement of the difficulties alluded to might be secured. To this arrangement
the Governments of the United States and France gave their assent
with alacrity, while the Government of Great Britain, though expressing an
ardent desire to do all in its power, by its good offices of mediation, "leans to
the opinion that it would be better on all accounts that each party should
act separately, but similarly in point of tone and argument, in urging the
Mexican Government to reconsider the subject dispassionately and impartially,
and to lose no time in coming to an accommodation with Texas
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