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

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James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 1840

7.

 In speaking of the Opposition Party, that is the


Leaders of the Federal party here, opposing


this administration, in any amicable arran-


gement, you must not understand me to say


they oppose the Texas question, or any part


of it, on its merits; but they stand ready


to pounce upon every thing the Govmt do,


to render it unpopular, and, endeavour


to bring about a reaction, and they would


of course, avail of this Texas question,


if they could, to excite the popular feeling,


against the Ministry & President, and if


possible, would hurl them from their plac-


es, while the moment they the liberals got


snugly in place, they would no doubt treat


in earnest with Texas for some arrangement.


I am most thoroughly satisfied that Gen.


Bustamante and the whole of his cabinet


are entirely convinced that they can never


re-conquer Texas-and that, so far as the good


of the country is concerned their best pol-


icy would be to recognize at once, settle all


pending questions, and secure the indemnity


now proposed[.] But, as the men in power


are acting for themselves, and their continu-


ance in office, and under party views, and


dictation, the present, or future good of the country,

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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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