James Treat to Mirabeau B. Lamar, February 15, 1840
As regards, the matter of the Bonds, and the real
stipulations between the holders of the New
Stock and this Government, I beg leave to refer
you to my two Respects, of 1st and 8th instant, both
covering the contract, Law of Congress, and
the instructions of this Government, which when
you have them translated, together with my
Explanatory remarks will be, no doubt be [sic]
well understood by yourself & Judge Burnet.
In relation to Mr Pakenham, I confirm
all I have before said in favour of his good
offices and valuable Services. He continues
to desire to do all in his power to aid me,
in my plans, and to urge upon the Govmt
the necessity of adopting some course
in regard to this business[.] He admits that
of right, the Bondholders would have no
claim to the indemnity which might
be paid to Mexico for the independence of
Texas, but at the same time would be most
happy if he could obtain this amount
for them, in case any arrangement is
entered into, as contemplated by Texas.
This alone, would stimulate him, together
with the credit he would acquire, as mediator
or interventor, in the negotiation. But
independent of these considerations, he
really seems devoted to bring about
some favourable result, to my mission.
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.