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

doubt that Congress has such power. And


it is confidently believed by the friends of Texas


in the Congress of the United States that such


a law can be passed. It was under this


view of the case that we agreed to frame the


treaty and submit it to the Senate of the United


States, under such doubtful chances for its


ratification by that body, believing that this


course will be fully approved by the Presi-


dent of Texas.

You will observe that we have fix-


ed the time in which he exchange of the ratifica-


tions of the treaty is to be made at six months,


which will render it necessary for the Senate of


the United States to act definitely on it during


the present session of Congress, and not leave them


at liberty to delay that action until next win-


ter, which many of the Senators wish to do, and


probably would do, if the time given by the trea-


ty permitted it. We would respectfully suggest


to you and through you to the President the


propriety of delaying any action on the part of


our Senate, until after the treaty shall have been


ratified on the part of the Senate of the United


States, as there is some doubt of its ratification


here.

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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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