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Extract of a letter from Mr. Upshur to Mr. Thompswon, dated October
Your letter to Mr. de Bocanegra, in reply to that which he addressed
to you on the 23d of August, is certainly in no respect too spirited or positive.
The language of Mr. Bocanegra's letter, particularly in its concluding
sentence, is highly offensiv, and you would have been fully justified
in requiring him to withdraw it. The warning which you have given him
against the use of similar expressions in future will, it is hoped, have its
effect. If, however, you should again be addressed in terms so assuming
and so disparaging to the United States, you will demand that the letter be
withdrawn, or that suitable apology for it be made. You will at the
same time-inform the Mexican Government that you can hold no intercourse
with it, except on such terms of cburtsey and respect as are due to
the honor and dignity of the Urited States.
In regard to the threat, that Mexico will consider the annexation of
Texas to the United States as equivalent to a declaration of war, you were
certainly right to offer no explanation whatever. Should the subject, however,
be again brought to your attention in a proper manner, you will say
that you are not in possession of the.views of your Government in relation
to it. You may intimate, however, if the occasion should justify it, that,
as, the independence of Texas has been acknowledged, not only by the
United States, but also by all the other principal Powers of the world,
most of whom have established diplomatic relations with her, she is to
be regarded as an independent and sovereign Power, competent to treat
for herself; and as she has shaken off the authority of Mexico, and successfully
resisted her power for eight years, the United States will not feel
themselves under any obligation to respect her former relation with that
country; that we should greatly regret any interruption of our friendly
relations with Mexico, and do not design to do any thing of which she
can justly cqmplain; that if war should ensue, Mexico herself will be the
aggressor, atg will alone be responsible for all the evils which may attend
it;. and that in the mean time the United States will pursue the policy
which their honor and their interest require, taking counsel only of their
own sense. of what is due to themselves and to other nations.
General Wdmonte to Mr. Upshur.
Washington, November 3, 1843.
The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of
the Mexican Republic, has the honor, by express order from his Government,
to address the honorable A. P. Upshur, Secretary of State of the
United States, for the purpose of making known to him, so that he may
be pleased to communicate it to his Excellency the President, that the Mexican
Government has well-grounded reasons to believe that, in the approaching
ession of the General Congress of the United States, the ques
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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/m1/94/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .