James Pinckney Henderson to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 28, 1838

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James Pinckney Henderson to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 1838

Paris October 28th 1838

My Dear Sir

I presume that you will by


the time you receive this be in the full exorcise [sic]


of the Chief Executive Office of Texas and upon your


appointment to which allow me to congratulate


you most heartily. You will see by referring to my


former despatches (one will accompany this) how I have


conducted affairs with this & the British Government


and how matters now stand here. I wrote a long


letter a few weeks since addressed to the President


which may find you occupying that station when


it reaches Texas. That letter together with my despatch


to the Secy of State of the same date will inform


you of my position at this Court. I had asked and


obtained leave of your predecessor to return home


this fall provided I concluded that I could obtain no


advantage for Texas during the coming winter or


Spring in France or England. You will have lear[n]-


ed from my letters & despatches that I have con-


cluded to remain this coming winter in Paris and the


reasons which influenced me to come to that


determination. I have a strong hope that this


Government will recognize Texas as soon as


they receive the report of the Agent which I


heretofore informed my Government they have


ordered to Texas for the purpose of enquiring into


her situation etc. etc. I cannot avow believing


from Count Molé’s whole manner and expressing

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James Pinckney Henderson to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 25, 1838. French Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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