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

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James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 1840

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3rd Consequently, while they are compelled as it were


to hear but are obliged the hear secretly, the Secy


is obliged to shield himself & the President, and


cabinet, under Mr Pakenham's wings so that


If the secret (at present) of my being here, with


powers to make proposals, should leak out and


the Govmt be called upon to say, what, if any


thing, they have done in the matter, they can


say they had nothing to do with the Agent, whose


powers were not complete, but that some


overtures had been made by Mr Pakenham,


to whom they were obliged to listen, as he had


been directed by Lord Palmerston to make in-


quiry, as to what this Govmt intended to do etc. etc.


and thus, cover themselves from the effect


which the opposition would endeavour to


produce against the present Ministry.


Knowing this to be the dilemma, of the


Govmt I have been disposed to assent to


every thing that has been required, and go


for my first main object, that of placing


before them your views, and compelling


them thus to give ear, to your views & wishes.  

Of course, I would not, under such circum-


stances, stand upon any matter of form which


would stand in the way of a hearing of my case.


So far, then, I have succeeded, in my first objects.

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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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