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

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George W. Terrell to Ashbel Smith, February 1845

he had been informed were still pending between


the U.States and Texas — and a good deal more to the


same purport. To this I replied that it was true Texas


had negotiated a treaty of annexation with the U.States;


for this she found her justification in the circumstan-


ces which surrounded her, and which I had expla-


ined to him in a previous interview; but that I could


assure his lordship his information in regard to pen-


ding negotiations was altogether erroneous. It was


true that some action was being had by the Congress of


the U.States on the subject — but that the Texan Govt


was taking no action whatever on it. In con-


firmation of which I referred him to the valedictory


and the inaugural addresses of the late and present


Presidents of Texas. I could not, however, give his


lordship any assurance if any of the measures


now pending in the American Congress for the admiss-


ion of Texas should pass — and a door


be thus thrown open, that she would not enter into


the Union — all I could say was that Texas was


now acting for herself as an independent nation,


as much so as if she had never contemplated admiss-


ion into the U.States; that the very circumstances of her


sending new diplomatic agents abroad, and wishing


to make new commercial negotiations was an evidence


of the correctness of this statement. It then occurred to


me that something perhaps might be made of England's


well known opposition to annexation, and determined


to endeavor to avail myself of it. I remarked to his


lordship that the project of a new commercial treaty


with England, by which articles the growth or produ-


ction of Texas, could be admitted into British dom-


inions upon more favorable terms than were allowed


by the existing treaty, was a favorite measure with very


many of our citizens; that I could not, of course, insist

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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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