Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 16, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 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.

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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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