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me.; but those questios; are of a nature too delicate and important to be
aq-td upn without surrer -data. It may be that the residue -of the archbies
at Austin would supply all these defects in the files ; and it may be
that they, too, have been long exposed to the eye of every busy or curious
UTidt the6se distressing and harassing circumstances, I must await instructions
from the Department of State on 'all subjects intended for my
In looking over the record and correspondence books and their indexes,
I feel constrained to recommend that a new set of books be furnished to
this legation, and that a clerk be employed to copy in regular order and
record all the papers, documents, despatches, but, until it is done, no one can tell, hereafter, what has been the
political action of this legation in time past.
The office in which I have been compelled to place the archive , though
the best I could get in this small town, is very open, and exposes the archives
to the danger of being damaged in case of severe rains. I Wih, to
ktirt of' the department, if expe'ses incurred in fitting this office up-in
bdttr' style will be allowed by the department as part of the oettingeiht
eXpenses of the legation. Mec'hanic work is higlh here, and timnber scree
aiia high; and I am told tha it t[would] cost about $100 or $150 to make
thi't-ffiee comfortable and dry iin Wittet. I should be very glad to be enabled
to place this legation in proper order before the meeting of Congress;
f;tr the session will be one of vast importance. A major general will be
eteetid by Congress to command the army, and an efficient expedition will
bet'at;'ne set on foot against Mexico. This party, which will carry on
thie :active measures, entertains kinder feelings; towards the United States
thia't does the Executiveparty; indeed, they sometimes call the-Executive
paity the " English party."
I send, with this letter, another newspaper, the Vindicator, and beg your
attnttoft to a paragraph marked, as containing the avowed sentiments of
tlie 'administration in regard to the United States. If it be true, as that
paragtaph alleges, that the United States has not kept her faithful promises
wifh Texas, why, then, we have not much to complain of. Your archives
will enable you to instruct me fully on that subject, but mine afford no light'
General Rusk, one of the most popular and efficient general officersof the
Republic, has just arrived from Galveston, and informs me that he learnt
there that commissioners on the part of Yucatan had shortly before left
Campeachy for Mexico, to treat of peace between Yucatan and Mexico.
This is rumor, of course.
Your obedient servant,
W. S. MURPHY.
Hoil. H. S. L.'AIAE,
Secretary of State of the United States.
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