Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842

No. 5

Legation of Texas London

103 Jermyn Ct

June 3 1842

Hon Anson Jones

Secretary of State


I have the honor to acknowl-

edge the receipt on the 26th ult of a commu-

nication from your Department of the date

of April the 4th.

In my last dispatches No 4

dated May 17th, I gave an account of my

interview with the Earl of Aberdeen on the

previous day, May 16. He then assured me I

should hear from him shortly. Having received

no communication from Lord Aberdeen in the

mean time, on the 21st May, I addressed him

a note inviting his attention to the relations exis-

ting between Texas and Great Britain. And again

on the 27th May, being still without intelligence

from Lord Aberdeen, I apprised him that accord-

ing to my impressions the period for exchanging

the ratifications would very shortly expire. Cop-

ies of my note to Lord Aberdeen are hereto subjoin-

ed. He appointed the 31st May for an interview.

On opening the conference with

Lord Aberdeen, he read me the protocol signed by

himself and Gen James Hamilton, extending the period

from the 1st June, for the exchange of ratifications,

and appointing specially the 1st August for this

purpose. Having been informed by your Department

that the period would expire on June 1[,] I was forced

to conclude that you had not been duly notified

of the extension of the time to August 1. From

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842. English Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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