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armistice,, between Texas and Mexico, and the circumstances connect-e,
with the same.
The undersigned avails himself of the opportunity to offer Mr. Va !
Zandt and General Henderson renewed assurances of his distinguish^
consideration. -, ,
J. C. CALHOUN.:
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Messrs. Varn Zandt and IIenderson to Mr. Calhoun.
of the alleged armistice between Mexico and Texas, to which he refers : ".'i
By the terms of a convention concluded between Texas and Great Bri:tf. !
ain, on the 14th of November, 1840, the British Government agreed t:
offer its mediation for the settlement of the difficulties between Mexico aniK
Texas, upon the basis of the recognition of the independence of Texas b!
Mexico. In pursuance of this convention, the mediation of Great Britaij::
was tendered to and declined by Mexico, information of which was comi
mnunicated to thePresident of Texas. Afterwards, in the year 1842, rep-':
resentations were made by Texas to Great Britain, France, and the UnitMe
'States, requesting their joint interposition for the settlement of the difficut::i
ties between Mexico and Texas. To this request, the Goyernments it
France and the United States indicated their ready willingness to accede..
The British Government, however, for reasons deemed by it sufficient, declined
to be thus associated, suggesting, at the same time, that each migbiact
separately. Subsequently, the Texan chargE d'affaires in London wa',informed
by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the British Government,
that the mediation, as before pursued, was utterly hopeless, and that HeZ:
Majesty's charg6 d'affaires in Mexico had been directed to propose a neiw
feature in the same to Mexico. , ,
In the month of May, 1843, in reply to the representations upon ttb':
subject made by Her Britannic Majesty's charg6 d'affaires in Mexico to`
General Santa Anna, the latter indicated his willingness to agree to a sU*4
pension of hostilities, and to receive commissioners from Texas, to treat' 0on
the terms of a peace. This fact was communicated by Her Britannic Majes-,
ty's charge d'affaires in Texas to the President of Texas on the 10th Jun,'
1843, who, on the 15th of the same month, issued his proclamation for ai
armistice, annexirng certain stipulations by which it should be terminatea.
When these were communicated to General Santa Anna, through th i
British charg6 d'affaires, he declined to assent to them, suggesting that it.- I
would be better that the terms, duration,
missioners appointed by the respective Governments for that purpose. In,formation
of this was communicated to the Texan Government, bothi:
through the British charge d'affaires in Texas, and in a communicatitu.. j
from General Wall to General Houston, in which it was stated, in stb* .
stance, that he (General Woll) was authorized by General Santa Anna to :appoint
comrmissioners to meet any persons similarly commissioned bi i
'Texas to arrange the proposed armistice. In pursuance of this, the Tex*a
Jcommissioners were appointed, and proceeded to Mexico. They weil t
instructed that no arrangement made by them would be binding until ap'
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