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

it was deemed best to accede to the terms agreed


upon, in order to obviate objections. The only inqui-


ry with us was: What will the Senate of the United


States agree to? And not, What can we get from the


Executive of the United States? We very much wished


to have this Government pay the dues to our army,


navy, civil officers, etc., but we feared the conse-


quences of such a provision; and therefore we


agreed to the terms inserted in the treaty on that


subject. The additional excuse is, that our people


will be in a great degree repaid by the addition-


al security given to them by the contemplated


annexation.

We fear, too, that the President


expected us to make better provisions for


Texas on the subject of public schools, inter-


nal improvements, etc., but we are sure


that he would have been well satisfied


of the impropriety of inserting any better terms


had he been present here.

You will herewith receive


the reply of Mr Calhoun, made at our re-


quest to a note addressed by your under-


signed representative, I. Van Zandt, to


Judge Upshur upon the subject of the as-


surance of protection to Texas by the Uni-


ted States, during the pendency of the treaty


negotiations. We have no doubt that the


President of the United States will act on


this subject in a way that will fully meet


the views and wishes of the President of


Texas. We have strong assurances of this. The

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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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