Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 1844

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Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1844

at this time, (retaining it as a matter for future consider-


ation) you will sound them and, if possible, bring about


a treaty of alliance, offensive and defensive towards Mexico.


[I]f this should not be effected, I cannot see, from the


message of the President of the U.S. what impediment


could be urged against the conclusion of a defensive treaty,


If, however, this shall not be done, you will in this way


at least have their reasons for declining to do so, and thus


enable us to determine how far we shall be justified


in relying upon that Govt for friendly offices in the event


of necessity. Heretofore no proposition of this kind has been


submitted to any other Government, but should the U.S.


decline to embrace it, (and that with a reasonable


of cheerfulness) it could not be supposed that Texas would


be remiss in preparing herself for any emergency which might


arise from our pending negotiations being broken off with


Mexico. They must be satisfied that all the noise about


British influence has had no foundation in truth—at the


same time they must be convinced that England has ren-


dered important service to Texas, by her mediatorial influence


with Mexico.

If the U.S. really intend to deprive England of all connec-


tions on this continent, a treaty of alliance offensive and defen-


sive formed with this country against Mexico, would enable


that Government to retain an influence in the affairs of


Texas which could be done by no other circumstance. In


Novr 1842, when Texas protested to the three great powers against


the course pursued by Mexico in her war with this country,


it was understood the three powers were to act in harmony


so far as any mediation was to be interposed. From some


circumstances England appears to have been more active


and efficient in her efforts. The U.S. from their contiguity


in situation, had greater facilities than England at their com-


mand; and had they been as forward in their efforts at mediation


as England, it would have been more grateful to the citizens of Texas.


A moments [sic] reflection will present many reasons why it should

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Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 1844. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3305, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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