Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 24, 1844

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 1844

London, 42 St. James Place


June 24, 1844

Hon. Anson Jones


Secretary of State

Sir,


I have had an interview today with


Lord Aberdeen at his request concerning the


relations of Texas and chiefly in reference to


the negotiations at Washington in the United


States for 'annexation.' The unfavorable impression


relative to the course of Texas entertained by his


Lordship previously to my late interview with him


appears to have been intirely [sic] removed; and


His Majesty's Government perceive[s] that Texas


in agreeing to treat for annexation has been


influenced only by the wish to obtain in this


way honorable peace after the total and avowed


failure of the Mediation of friendly Powers.

Lord Aberdeen observed that the British


Majesty's Government and that of France had


communicated with each other touching the


"annexation"; that, entire harmony of opinion


subsists and that they will act in concert in


relation to it: that, though the rejection of


the annexation treaty by the American Congress


Senate was regarded as nearly or quite certain,


nothing would be done by this Government


until the American Congress shall have

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 24, 1844. English Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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