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