Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 16, 1843
the Spanish Character and he reiterated the
opinion that we have nothing to anticipate
from the interdiction of other Governments.
We may rely on the fact that the British
Government do not look for peace between
Texas and Mexico as likely to be effected by
the mediation of other Powers.
The tone of Lord Aberdeen and Mr
Addington was very friendly towards Texas,
and I have every reason to be pleased with
the frank and courteous consideration which
they gave to the subject in question; but I
do no not believe that we possess the sympathies
of the British Government in a greater degree
than Mexico does.
In regard to the “propositions” said to be
made by General Santa Anna agreeably to his
intention expressed to Mr Packenham, I intima[t]ed
to Lord Aberdeen that they might be a pretext
for discontinuing hostilities against Texas
preliminary to a peace to be established
eventually on another basis; and that these
propositions might be the result of the friendly
offices of Her Majesty’s Government. Lord
Aberdeen said he was not aware that they
originated from these offices, nor did he
appear to regard this possible interpretation
of their object as the correct one.
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.