Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 424 of 432
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tions witlh Spain subsequent to the purchase of
Louisiana, was redeveloped soon after Mexico had
assumed the guise of a Federal Republic. For two
or three years after the acknowledgment of its
independence by the United States, Mexico was
unprovided with a minister from that country. General
Jackson, the first who was nominated to the
office, declined accepting it. Ninian Edwards,
the next selected, signified his acceptance; but circumstances
occurred that prevented his entrance
upon the duties; Mr. Poinsett was at length accredited,
and with instructions which showed that
his government still cast a covetous glance towards
the green expanse of Texas, and longed to close
" every chasm in its whole maritime frontier," by
extending its national jurisdiction to the Rio
Grande. A letter from Mr. Clay, the Secretary of
State, to Mr. Poinsett, dated March 26th, 1825, (at
the commencement of the Presidency of Mr. John
Quincy Adams,) adverting to certain hypothetical
difficulties respecting a boundary line, complained
of the line of the Sabine as approaching too closely
the " Great Western Mart," and suggested that the
Mexican government might not be unwilling to
establish, in lieu of it, the Rio Brazos, or the Rio
Colorado, or the Snow mountain, or the Rio Grande.
The Envoy was commissioned to enlighten the
Mexicans; as to the advantages they would derive
from shifting the boundary between them and the
United States, to a point five or six hundred miles
less remote from thei-r capital. In 1827 another
and more specific proposition was authorised,
arising out of a belief that Mexico placed but little
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/424/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .