Ashbel Smith to Anson Jones, June 24, 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
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.