Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1843

Copy. Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt.

Confidential

Paris Place Vendome


January 25, 1843

Sir

I never omit writing to our Government by


the Liverpool and Boston Steamers. Some of my


despatches are surely of considerable importance;


yet from the tenor of the news from Texas, it


appears that several of them have not been re-


ceived.

The present letter will treat of a matter


in my opinion of much importance. I regret


that I cannot enter as fully into details on


one portion of it as I desire.

You are of course aware of the Treaty whereby


England agreed to use its good offices in mediating


a peace between Texas and Mexico, and of the


utter failure of that mediation.

You are also doubtless aware that I was instruc-


ted to invite the Govt of France to act in concert


with England and the United States in making


a joint representation to Texas and Mexico


—that France acceded to that invitation with


alacrity and every manifestation of friendly


spirit, and instructed its Ambassador at London


to present this subject to the British Govt; and


that the British Govt positively refused to act


in concert with France and the United States


in this matter.

The French Govt on

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843. English Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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