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MrT. tJpsahu t:o Ge:neral i.modSe.
. DEPARTMENT OF $STATE
Washington, November 8, 1843.
'The indersigBad, Seretat.ry of State of the U'nited States, has the honor
to acknowledge the receipt of the letter which GeneralAlmonte, envoy extraordinaay
arid minister pldnipotentiary of the Mexican Republic, did him
theh honor to address to him on tihe 3d instant.
General Alaonte- informs the-undersignied that he has it in express order
from his Govern-ment to make known to the undersigned, so that it may
be communicated to the President, that theNMexiean:Government has wellgrounded
reasons to believe that, in the approaehinlg s:ession of the General
Congress of the United States, the question as to the annexation of a part
of its territory to the United States will be discussed; and that such a
measure, if carried into effect,.cannot be considered by Mexico in any
other aspect than as a direct aggression. General Almonte further informs
the undersigned, by express order of his Government, that, on sanction
being given by the Executive of the Union to the incorporation of Texas
into the United States, he will consider his mission ended, seeing that the
Mexican Government is resolved to declare war so- soon as it receives information
of such an act. 'General Almonte is pleased to conclude his
communication with' the expression of a hope that this Governmient will
ertlploy, at the proper time, all the means in its power to frustrate the, said
plan, thus saving its own good name, and displaying prominently the principles-
Which ought to characterize a Government, free, enlightened, and
just, in its political transactions.
As General Al-monte has made no inquiry )f the undersigned as to the
facts upon which his letter is founded, it is presumed that the Mexican
Gov-ernment is entirely satisfied with the' information it has already received,
particularly as that information has been deemed sufficient to justify
the imputation of designs, on the part of a branch of this Government,
wvhich are characterized as highly unworthy, and which General Almonte
has thought fit to denounce in terms quite as strong as diplomatic courtesy
will allow. The undersigned, therefore, does not feel that he is called on
either to admit or to deny the design imputed to the Congress of the United
States, by the Government of Mexico, even if he can be presumed to kfow
any thing upon the subject.
As- to the threat of war made in advance, in the name and by the express
order of the Mexican Government, the undersigned reminds General
Almonte that it is neither the first nor the second time i that Miexio has
given the same warning to the' United States, under- similar circumnstances.
The undersigned had hoped that the manner in wvhich these threits have
heretofore been iteeived' and treated had clearl' show. n to thb, MAtx-ioan
Government the light in which they are regarded by that of the 'United
States. -The undersigned has no'w only to add, that as his GoVernminet
has not, in time past, ddrne any thing indonsistent with the ju;s 1.almsisof
Mexico, the President sees no reason to suppose that Congress will suffr
its policy to be affected by the thftets of that Gtoeri'net. The lrteident
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