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

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George W. Terrell to Ashbel Smith, February 1845

upon his lordship entering into negotiations with me


at present upon the subject — but I thought it very


probable that if I were authorized to say to my Govt, and


let it be made known to the people of Texas — that the Govt


of her Britanic [sic] Majesty was willing to modify


the existing treaty between the two countries in the


manner [I] had suggested, that fact, coupled with


the assuarance, which England and France had


proposed to give, of the speedy recognition of our


independence by Mexico, would exert a very salutary


influence there — that it would go far to counteract


the feverish excitement, on the subject of annexation,


that now pervaded the whole community, and wou-


ld possibly prepare them to reject the measure even


if tendered to them by the U.States. At any rate it


would place them in the hands of the few (and admited [sic] they


were few) who like myself were decidedly opposed to


the measure, the most formidable weapons with which


to fight the battle which must be fought, whenever


that subject is again brought before the people of Texas.


His lordship then appeared quite disposed to entertain


the proposition; he said however that the subject being


one that belongs appropriately to the Board of Trade — the


President of which (as you are undoubtedly aware) is a member


of the Cabinent — I could therefore, at my leisure, bring


the subject before him in writing, and he would lay


my communication before the Cabinet. In the


mean time, I might inform my Govt that that


of her Majesty felt every disposition, as a general


rule, to make the most liberal arrangements for the


encouragement of trade and commerce —


it was probable that important modifications in the existing tariffs should be


made during the present session of Parliament —


and that


in regard to Texas they would extend to her the


most liberal terms which they could do consistently with their treaty obligations


to other nations — that they were disposed to afford


her every aid and encouragement in their power.

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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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