"Unless I can convince these people that it would be more advantageous for them to proceed to Texas... they will always continueTheodore Barbey Autograph Letter Signed "Th. Barbey," four pages, 8.25" x 10.5", front and verso. Paris, July 15, 1841. On stationery of the "Consulat du Texas/A Paris." To "The Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas. Austin." In part, "I have the honor to inform you that I have received my Commission as Consul for Texas in Paris & that his Majesty the King of the French has sent me his Exequator. I take the liberty of having recourse to your extreme kindness to reclaim of you a Copy of the Laws of Texas, a Commercial or Customs Tariff, an Ensign or Flag, & a Geographical Map of the Country. I should also recall to your attention that I am entirely destitute of instructions concerning Emigrants concerning Emigrants [sic] which I might have in my power to direct to you, for unless I can convince these people that it would be more advantageous for them to proceed to Texas than to the United States, they will always continue to take the direction of the United States which is known to them..." Theodore Barbey's appointment as the first Texas Consul in Paris was confirmed by the Senate on November 30, 1840. In May 1842, Ashbel Smith, chargé d'affaires of the Republic of Texas to England and France, transmitted to Barbey a letter of revocation of his appointment from the Secretary of State of Texas, but he refused to give up his post. On November 4, 1842, Smith announced to the French Minister that Barbey had been dismissed and replaced by Henri Castro. In near fine condition with minor separations at folds and creasing along left margin.
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