George W. Terrell to Ashbel Smith, February 13, 1845

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George W. Terrell to Ashbel Smith, February 1845

(Despatch No 3)

Legation of Texas

Paris Feby 13th 1845

To the Hon Ashbel Smith

Secretary of State &c.


I arrived in this City last

evening four days from London. This morning

(Thursday) I addressed a note to the Minister for Foreign

Affairs — announcing my arrival &c. — to which he has

replied, appointing Saturday afternoon to receive me.

In the mean time I have concluded to embody in a

despatch the substance of a conversation I had with

the Earl of Aberdeen the evening previous to my leav-

ing London, and which my limited time precluded

me from doing before I left there.

In my instructions from your dept'mt [department], when

I left Texas, I was directed to enter into negotiations

with the Govts both of England and France, with

a view to the modification of the provisions of existing

treaties in such manner as to admit the products

of Texan labor into the ports of these countries upon

terms more favorable than are allowed by the present

treaties. In obdedience to these instructions I sought

an interview with the Earl of Aberdeen on the even-

ing of the 8th Inst., and held quite a lengthened conference

with him on the subject. At the first introduction of

the business his lordship seemed entirely averse even to

the discussion of the matter, and remarked that there

was already a treaty existing between the two countries

which Texas had manifested a strong disposition

to abrogate entirely — that it would be rather an

awkward business to go to making new treaties

with a nation which paid so little regard to

those already existing &c. — that we would await

the result of the negotiations for annexation — which

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George W. Terrell to Ashbel Smith, February 13, 1845. English Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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