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