Isaac Van Zandt and James Pinckney Henderson to Anson Jones, April 12, 1844

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Van Zandt and Henderson to Anson Jones, April 1844

Texian Legation

Washington City, April 12th, 1844.

To the Hon. Anson Jones,

Sir,

We have the honor herewith to trans-

mit to you, a copy of the treaty which we have this day

signed, with Mr Calhoun, the Secretary of State of the

United States. We do this hastily, as this Government will,

on Sunday, despatch an express to Texas to convey this

and other important intelligence to our Government.

The treaty we have agreed upon

you will readily see, is not precisely such an one

as we expected to make or had a right to wish. But,

after consulting the wishes and views of all parties

concerned, we agreed to it as the best we could frame

with the prospect of ratification by the Senate of

the United States. Had we been left to consult the

wishes and disposition of the President and Cabinet

of the United States, we could and would have con-

cluded a treaty much more favorable to Texas than

the one we have signed. But such was not the case.

We have been compelled to consult the views and

wishes of the two great leading parties in the Un-

ited States—avoiding on the one hand the very li-

beral terms which the Southern politicians would

have been willing to grant and the restric-

tions which the North would wish to impose.

Texas has in this case commit-

ed, through her agents here, as far as she could

understand and reconcile them, the wishes of

all parties in the United States. Upon exam-

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Isaac Van Zandt and James Pinckney Henderson to Anson Jones, April 12, 1844. United States Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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