James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 15, 1840

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James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 1840

2.  

By my late advices, up to 8th inst it will be Seen,


how I then stood with the Govrnt or the Secretary of State.


It is now pretty obvious, that the vaccilating [sic] course


of the Secretary, and his determination one day,


varied, or changed, the next, all have had their


origin in the desire of this Gentleman to avoid any


official contact with me as your recognized Agent,


hence, the notice taken of the omission of my


credentials (altho' this was rather to have been


anticipated under all the circumstances of the case)


and hence, after assenting to the plain suggestion


of considering Mr Pakenham's Letter, which as


proposed, would have been an official com-


munication to the Secretary of Stateassuring him


that he Mr P was entirely satisfied with the


validity of my appointment and that any thing


I might propose, within the limits of my


instructions would in his opinion be ratified,


by your Govrmt, if adopted & ratified here-whilst


I was led to suppose that this assurance from Mr P


would be amply sufficient to relieve me from the


want of my credentials, until they should arrive[.]


It resulted, at the next interview, that the Secretary


seemed to expect that Mr P was prepared to bind


his Govmt to the ratification of any arrangement,


all no doubt to avoid the responsibility of meeting


me. A sort of arrangement was then proposed


by Mr P that my communications to the Secretary


should go through Mr P who would be responsible,


or vouch for them, as we progressd in the business.

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James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 15, 1840. Correspondence with Mexico, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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