Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1843

continued Texas might be thrown into


the American union. That Govt are


now convinced that Texas cannot be


admitted into this Union, and that a


decisive attempt on the part of the


southern States to receive Texas would


endanger the stability of the Union.

Have the British Govt now the same


motives as formerly for desiring peace between Texas


and Mexico; may they not imagine that the


present disturbed condition of our country


continuing—enterprise and industry being


paralysed [sic]—our Citizens being wearied out


with a harasing [sic] war, which has checked


emigration, prevents the cultivation of our


soil and the development of our resources.


We may be more ready to yield the point of


Slavery in exchange for England’s guarantee


of our Independence and some commercial


and financial advantages! Whether the equivalents


mentioned will be those proposed


I expect, I do not certainly know. But rely


on it, as certain, that in England it is


intended to make an effort, and that


some things are already in train to accom-


plish if possible the abolition of Slavery


in Texas[.] And might not Texas ex-


hausted as just described, listen in


a moment of folly to such over-


tures from the British Govt?

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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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