Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843
Copy. Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt.
Paris Place Vendome
January 25, 1843
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-
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
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.