William S. Murphy to Anson Jones, February 14, 1844

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William S. Murphy to Anson Jones, February 14, 1844

go, I will take care that my government is speedily ap-


rised of your views and wishes, and that a sufficient naval


force shall be placed in the Gulf of Mexico, convenient for


the defence of Texas, in case of any invasion which may


threaten her sea-board [sic], pending such negotiation[.] Also,


that measures shall be taken, as requested by you to re-


pel any invasion by land, of a like character.

The undersigned is aware that in the event of a


failure of the present proposed negotiation, and for some time


thereafter, it would be reasonable to expect that Texas


should have an opportunity to place herself in an atti-


tude of defence, in case her negotiation with the United


States upon the subject of annexation, should provoke an


attack from Mexico. He therefore feels no reluctance in


assuring Mr Jones, that the United States would not


hastily withdraw her protection, even if the negotiation


should fail of its object[.] And he conceives that the high


honor of his country may well be relied on for such pro-


tection, to an extent that shall leave no just cause of


complaint.

The undersigned would also inform Mr Jones,


that the United States have now a naval force in the gulf


which the undersigned believe to be vastly an over match


for any naval force which Mexico can command at


sea. But he is not so fully advised of the amount of land


forces on or near the South and South Western border of


the United States. He will assure Mr Jones, however, that


no time will be lost in giving to Texas ample assurance


of her safety, whilst acting upon this subject at the in-


stance of the Government of the United States. And the


undersigned will fully advise his government of all


the circumstances of the case without delay, and press


upon them the consideration of its importance.

And with regard to the assurance or guar-


anty, of the independence of Texas, by the United


States, in the event of the failure of the proposed ne-


gotiation for annexation of Texas to the United

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William S. Murphy to Anson Jones, February 14, 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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