Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 79 of 119
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During the interval which will necessarily occur before the treaty is ratified
or rejected, it is the part of prudence to guard against any aggressions
- on our commerce or the rights of our citizens, which may be attempted by
any foreign Government, or by persons claiming to act under its authority.
You will therefore concentrate the vessels under your command. The
Vandalia, commanded by Commander Chauncey, and the Falmouth, Commander'Sands,
will without delay be ordered to join you, touching at Pensacola,
and you will leave at that place the necessary orders. They will
sail from Norfolk so soon as some small repairs can be made.
You will, in your discretion, employ the vessels composing your squadron
in cruising in the Gulf of Mexico, so as to communicate frequently with
Galvestpn; and occasionally show yourself at or before Vera Cruz, with
such deviations to other parts of your cruising grounds as in your judgment
may be best calculated to effect the objects of your general and special instructions.
will be cautious in committing no violation of the rights of others,
but resist and punish aggressions on ours. If, while the question of ratification
is pending, an armed force shall threaten an invasion of Texas, you
will remonstrate with the commanding officer, and you, will accompany
your remonstrance with the assurance, that the President of the United
States will regard the execution of such a hostile purpose towards Texas,
under such circumstances, as evincing a most unfriendly spirit towards the
United States and which, in the event of the treaty's ratification, must
lead to actual hostilities with this country.
If you observe any preparations for such an invasion, you will without
delay communicate the information to this department, that the President
may submit the same to Congress.
You will communicate, as often as occasion may present itself, with the
charg6'd affaires of the United States at Texas, and make your despatches
to the department as frequent as opportunities may offer.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. Y. MASON.
Commodore DAVID CONNER,
- Commanding Home Squadron, Pensacola.
NAVY DEPARTMENT, .ipril 19, 1844.
SIR: You will be pleased to afford a passage to Vera Cruz, in one of the
vessels of the home squadron, to G. L. Thompson, Esq., engineer in chief,
U. S. navy, and direct the commander of the vessel to wait at that port
fifteen or twenty days for his return from the interior, and then convey
him back to a port in the United States.
If Colonel Thompson should not be ready to return while the vessel
which carries him can wait for him, you will give him a return passage
in any vessel of your squadron which may be at Vera Cruz when he is
ready to return.
I am, very respectfully, yours,
J. Y. MASON.
Commodore DAVID CONNER,
Commanding Home Squadron, Pensacola.
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