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and calamity. He replied, (very much excited,) that Mexico did not regard
Texas as an indepefdent Power, but as a rebellious province, andthat
prisoners taken were not entitled'to any of the privileges of priseners'
of war, but that they were rebels, and would be so treated, and that no
suggestions on the subject from othet Governments.woltld be received or
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Mr. Murphy to Mr. Legare.
LEGArTION OF THE UNITED STATES,
Washington, Texas, July 8, 1843.
SIiR: It is a painful part of my duty, and of extreme delicacy in regard
to 'ny predecessors, to make kriotn to the Department of State that the
friendly policy of the United States towards the Republic of Texas seeiris
to have been greatly misunderstood throughout the country, asi well by
thet Government as the people. Wherever I have been, one gene'ral sentirtent
seems to pervade all parties, imparting an ill feeling, and, in some
inatntes, resentment towards the Government of the United States. I
hAVe endeavored to trace this feeling to its source, and in that effort have
been led to believe that it has arisen partly from a general misunderstanding,
or want of information of the true policy of the United States towards
thiilRepublic and that of Mexico, and partly from the fact that our public
arihives have not been always or wholly hid from the eye of public Curidsity.
I have more than once heard the substance of despatches from the
GoVernment of the United States to this legation, and from the Governmeit
of the United States to Mexico, (which from their very nature must
hate been intended to be sacred to our -own legation, and purely -otifidential,)
talked of and discussed by well-informed political disputants, and
cited on one occasion to prove that Texas could not look to the United
States for countenance and support in any emergency, but that her whole
hope rested upon the friendly offices of England and France.
I have been laboring since I have been here to place the archives which
I have in some state of regularity, assorting what official documents I have,
and giving some order to the confusion which prevailed amongst them.
But it is a vain effort. Material papers, which ought to be here, are not
to be found. The correspopdence and recotd books have been kept with
so much irregularity, and 'the indexes to both so confused and incorrect,
affording no guide whatever for papers or documents sought for, that you
can obtain no information in any regular or certain connexion. Moreover,
many important papers are not recorded; some recorded in the wrong
book, out of all connexion; and almost all that are recorded have their
places on the record out of all order, and where they would scarcely be
looked for. Under such circumstances, it is impossible for me to find out
orknow, from any thing that appears here on the files or on the records,
what'has been or what now is the policy of the Government of the United
States towards this Republic and that of Mexico, or what questions of neg0tiation
have existed or now exist between the United States and this
Republic. I might, perhaps, make a rough guess upon the papers before
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United States. Congress. Senate. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed, book, 1844; [Washington]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2363/m1/72/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .