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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