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

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George W. Terrell to Ashbel Smith, February 1845

Connected with this subject a good deal of other con-


versation occured, but which having a


more direct reference to the President personally, I tho-


ught it not proper that it should be embraced


in a public despatch, and have therefore detailed it


at length in a private letter to his Excellency; and


in it I endeavored as nearly as I could recollect (and


I paid very close attention) to give the language of the


Earl of Aberdeen; in this I have aimed only to embody


the substance of what was said by his lordship.

In the course of further conversation the Earl


said to me that her Majesty's Govt really felt a strong


solicitude in the welfare of Texas; that they had exer-


ted themselves faithfully and honestly to adjust the


difficulties between her and Mexico; and this not,


as had been charged on the other side of the Atlantic,


from selfish and ambitious motives, or with a view


to obtain an undue influence in the councils of that


country. It was true England expected to reap the advantage


of extended trade and commerce with Texas if she


maintained her separate national existence, but that


the British Govt wished to see her remain indepen-


dent for her own sake — she had manifested so


much vigor and so much enterprise as gave certain


indications of her becoming in time a great nation,


and England wished to see her such. I remarked


to his lordship that the conversation between himself


and Lord Brougham in the House of Lords some


time since, on the subject of the abolition of slavery, had afforded to those who wished to create


a jealous of British influence in Texas, the means


of exciting that feeling in a very high degree — that


I thought it a source of regret that that conversation


had passed — for it had at the time produced a very strong


impression in Texas. His lordship admitted that


it was to be regretted — but continued he, a question

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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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