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.

Sir


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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