Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 16, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 1843

Mr Addington was still more explicit than


Lord Aberdeen and appeared to bare his opinions


in a considerable degree, on the statements and


opinions of Mr Packenham, the British Minister


at Mexico recently returned to England on leave


of absence. Mr Packenham immediately previous


to his leaving Mexico had a long conversation


with General Santa Anna on this subject. Gen


Santa Anna, it was stated, could not retain his


power two days, if he should entertain the question


of recognizing the independence of Texas. Mr


Packenham clearly understood General Santa Anna


to be himself utterly hostile to admitting


our Independence. General Santa Anna informed


Mr Packenham of his intention to make propo-


sitions to Texas of the nature of those mentioned


by Judge Robinson.

At this part of our conversation Mr Addington


clearly permitted me to draw the conclusion,


without however affirming it, that the “propositions”


may be for the purpose of gaining time by Mexico


to dispose of Yucatan, with the determination


as viewed by other acts of General Santa Anna


mentioned by Mr Addington at the moment, to


take active measures hereafter to subjugate


Texas.

Mr Addington concluded by dwelling


somewhat on the “indomitable obstinacy” of

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 16, 1843. English Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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