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

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James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 1840

4.  

The Secretary adding; the communications of


course will be without Mr Treats [sic] signature, and


I shall receive them as from Mr Pakenham, etc. etc.


Notwithstanding all this, the Secretary retained


my letter, duly signed by me and officially


addressed to him as Secy of State; and on yesterday


I handed Mr Pakenham my Exposition, (essentially


a copy of that sent you under date of 7th inst,


an exact copy of which I will send you in


a few days) but, that the Secretary should have


no pretext for returning it, either, before or


after personal perusal it was thought best that


it should not be addressed officially to him,


nor should it bear any signature at all.  

Mr P. would present it yesterday, or to-day,


and we agreed that he should (the Secretary) be


be [sic] allowed some days for its examination and


translation before we again approached him


on the subject, as it was desirable that it should


[be] laid before the President & cabinet and have


their consideration and deliberation.  

Mr P. thought [it] best to sherr [share] this Expose to the


Secretary for the Home department, a man of


intelligence and influence with the President,


before handing it to the Secretary of State.


I shall not see Mr P. until tomorrow to


know what if any thing the Secretary may have


said on its delivery. I take it for granted it will


be received, but what effect it may produce, time must show[.]

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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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