Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 3, 1842

England and Mexico, which is quite favorable to the


interests of British commerce and manufacturers. And


nothing [?] this Cabinet will take no step which might


interrupt their good understanding. Perhaps a still


more important reason for deferring the establishment


of diplomatic relations with Texas was to be found


in the pending relations between England and the


United States. Should the subject of difference between


these two countries lead to a war, Mexico will


be dragged into this contest on the side of England


and it is deemed important to do nothing which


might alienate the predilections of Mexico from


Great Britain. But, on the other hand, England


desires the separate existence of Texas as a barrier


to the United States on their S. Western frontier,


and appreciates the importance of Texas as


a market and rival producer of cotton


&c. to the United States. The Treaty for the sup-


pression of the African Slave trade is viewed


very favorably in England by the English Cabinet


especially as France refuses to ratify the Quintuple


Treaty.

The cause of Texas is not regarded with


favor at this time in England. I have been


several times assured that the public sympathy


is with Mexico. I have mentioned in a former


dispatch the Anti-Slavery party and persons in-


terested in colonizing portions of the British Ter-


ritories abroad, with whose speculations immigra-


tion to Texas would conflict. And Mr Joseph


Hume My _____ [?] a friend of Texas advised to me that


a hostile feeling toward France which had recog-


nized Texas, was among the chief reasons with


Lord Palmerston for concluding the Treaties with


us on the part of England.

Other subjects will be embraced in a dis-


patch which will accompany the present communic-


ation. I have the honor to be with the highest


respect

Your obedt servant


Ashbel Smith.

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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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