Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1843

the refusal of Great Britain to act jointly,


instructed their Minister at Mexico to tender


seperately [sic] their good offices to the Mexican


Govt to bring about if possible an amicable


arrangement between this power and Texas. Here


the mediation rests. Nothing has been accom-


plished nor is likely to be accomplished by any


mediation in its present shape. The English


influence at Mexico is alone paramount.

You are also aware that in the mean-


time two Steam Frigates, the Guadaloupe and


Montezuma were fitted out in England for


the Mexican Govt. Their models of building


and arming, I was informed in London were


furnished by the British Admiralty; they were


fully armed, manned with British Seaman [sic]


and commanded by officers of the Royal


Navy. The Guadaloupe sailed from Liverpool


with her armament mounted and ready


to beat to quarters for action. Supplementary


officers, gunners, went out to serve on board


the other vessels of the Mexican Navy. These


things were done with the full and avowed


knowledge of the destination and purpose


of these vessels, by the British Ministry and in


violation of their own laws, as was expressly


declared in an order of the Lords of the


Treasury, of which order I possess a copy[.]


In the replies however of Lord Aberdeen


to my protests, he denies the fitting out of

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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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