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

Sir

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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