Isaac Van Zandt and James Pinckney Henderson to Anson Jones, April 12, 1844
Washington City, April 12th, 1844.
To the Hon. Anson Jones,
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-
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.