Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 24, 1844

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Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 1844

European Governments to make compulsory settlements


of dissensions between the countries of America


and the conferring on them of the right to


interfere in our affairs may lead to the


greatest inconveniences on our side of


the Atlantic; as such interference and settlement


have been the pretexts for inflicting atrocious


wrongs and oppressions on the smaller states


of Europe. I have believed that the objections


to a Diplomatic Act as mentioned above


will be deemed by our Government greater perhaps


than the inconveniences of our unsettled


relations with Mexico.

I am dearly of [the] opinion that these Govts.


will not urge of Mexico to make peace,


except in some such manner as I have


stated above or on such conditions and


guarantees as shall insure the permanent


independence of Texas. Further, I should


not be surprized were they to commit


Mexico not to make peace under present


circumstances except with such conditions


and guarantees, but by so doing annexation


should be facilitated by removing of


the obstacles to its accomplishment on the


part of the United States.

Lord Aberdeen more than once made


observations to the effect that he regretted


the agitation of the abolition of slavery in


Texas, as it had created so much feeling

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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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