Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 97 of 119
This book is part of the collection entitled: From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856 and was provided to The Portal to Texas History by the UNT Libraries.
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
97 [ 341t
In conclusion, the undeisigned reminds Gen'eral' Almonte that this Goviernment
iq under no necessitv to learn, from:that of, Mexico, what is.due
to its own honor or to the rights of other nations. It is therefore quite unnecessary
that General Allmonte, in his future communications to this de,partrmentj
should adrmonish this Government either to respect its duties or
to take care of its reputation, in any contingency :which the.Mexican Government
may choose to anticipate.
The- undersigned avails himself of this occasion to offer General Almonte
,renewed assurances of his high consideration.
A. P. UPSHUR.
Brigadier General Don J. N. ALMONTE,. C.
General almonte to Mis. UpTshur.
WASHINGTON, November 11, 18,43.
The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of
the Mexican Republic, had-the honor to receive the answer which the
Hon. Mr. A. P. Upshur, Secretary of State of the United States, was pleased.
to make to his note of the 3d instant, relating to a protest which the undersigned
addressed to that gentleman against the annexation of Texas to the
United States of America.
From the tenor of that answer, the undersigned has seen with regret
-that the Hon. Mr. Upshur, Secretary of State, has fallen into two grave errors,
(equivocaciones-misunderstandings,) occasioned, possibly, by -some
error cpmmitted in the translation which has been made of his note.!
The first of these misunderstandings consists in supposing that the Government
of the undersigned imputes to onte of the supreme powers of the
American Uniont unworthy views or designs with regard to the territory of
Texas. The Mexican Government has cast no such imputation-quite the
contrary; it has- manifested its reliance on the circumspection and gboE
judgment of the American Congress. Indeed, how could it have ariticipated
(foreseen) the conduct of the legislative 'body, when that body has not
yet been assembled ? What the undersigned and his Government have
said is, 'that the Mexican Government has well-grounded reasons to believe
that, in the approaching Session of the General Congress of the
United States,ithe question as to the annexation of a part of its territory
(Texas) to -the United States will be discussed, (se tratara.) Here
it is 'learly seen that neither the undersigned nor his Government have
said that Congress will take up (tratara) the subject of the annexation of
Texas, but that the' subject of the annexation of Texas will be discussed in
its sessions, (en sus sesiones se tratara;) that is to say, that this questioa
will, in some manner, be agitated in its body; that it will afford material
for discussion, (discusion,) ior which, as the Secretary of State well knows,
it will 'be sufficient that a petition be presented, or that some member
should make a proposition to the effect in Congress, for a discussion to take
place, even though it were for no other object than to admit or reject such
a proposition. This is what the undersigned and his Government have
said; and, in order that the Secretary of State may see that what has beea
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
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/m1/97/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .