Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842

the language of the protocol fixing Aug 1. for the


exchange of ratifications, Lord Aberdeen enter-


tained some doubt whether it can be properly


made at an earlier date. He informed me that


any subjects might be presented at once to the


notice of her Majestys [sic] government, and that


they would receive immediate and appropri-


ate consideration.

I then notified Lord Aberdeen that the


Ports of Mexico were held in efficient blockade by


Texas and mentioned the strength of the blocka-


ding force. Lord Aberdeen assured me that the


legality of an efficient blockade of the Mexicans [sic]


ports by Texas will be recognized by the British


Government. He expressed his regret at the


blockade as being likely to interfere with English


commerce, and as likely to produce misunder-


standing however carefully conducted.


He complained that the notice for Europe is too


short. He said notice of the Blockade


would be given in the Gazette. In the Times news-


paper, the following morning, the Proclamation


of his Excellency President Houston declaring the


Blockade was published officially.

I called Lord Aberdeen’s attention to the


fact that two War steamers were building for Mexico in her


Majesty’s ports to be employed ag-


ainst Texas; and apprised him that I should


present a protest against their being manned


and equipped for war here. He waived ad-


mitting the correctness of this fact, and said


he did not know whether any vessels were


building for the Mexicans or not—but suppo-


sing such to be the case, he intimated his


answer might be that Texas was free to do


the same—and that both Mexico and Texas


would perhaps be permitted to purchase or

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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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