Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1843

In the meantime, rely on it we have


nothing to expect from the continued


offer of British mediation to Mexico


on its present basis.

As little have we to expect from


the good offices of France, although sin-


cerely and faithfully employed, so long


as they are separately exerted as at the


present time.

The independence of Texas and the


existence of Slavery in Texas, is a question


of life or death to the slave holding states


of the American Union. Hemmed in bet-


ween the free States on their northern


border, and a free Anglo Saxon State


on their Southern border & sustained


by England, their history would soon


be written.

The Establishment of a free state on


the territory of Texas is a darling wish of


England for which scarcely any price would be


regarded as to[o] great. The bargain once


struck what remedy remains to the South?

France and the United States


might conjointly decide at once the


affairs of Texas and Mexico without


the concurrence of England.

The generous promptness with which


France acceded to the former

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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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