Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1843

these vessels to be a violation of International


Law.

There are many points and facts in our


recent relations with England to which I


would gladly call your attention; but I


must omit them for want of space[.]

The English Govt in recognising Texas were in-


fluenced by several considerations. One of these


was our ceding to them “the right of search”


which they made a sine qua non of recognition.


England was particularly desirous at that time


to isolate the United States on this great question.

Next, that Govt were afraid that Texas might


be annexed to the American Union. They desired


our separate existence for com-


mercial reasons, as a consumer of their manu-


factures and a producer of cotton not subject


to the tarriff [sic] restrictions of the United States,


and also as a means of attacking that tarriff [sic]


by smuggling through Texas. They desired our


separate existence as interposing a barrier


to the encroachment of the United States upon


Mexico[.]

There now exists another matter which has


been entertained for some months in


England; whether or not for a longer period


I am unable to say. I will develop it in


a separate paragraph.

It is the purpose


of some persons in England to procure the

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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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