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    [Texas Republic]. An Act For Carrying Into Effect The Treaty Between Her Majesty And The Republic Of Texas For The Suppression Of The African Slave Trade. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1843. 4to, 16 pages (165-180). Caption title preceded by a beautiful woodcut of the royal arms, and the heading "Anno Sexto Victoriæ Reginæ. Cap. XV." Scattered light foxing. Large hole at the edge of the final leaf. Housed in a maroon cloth, four fold chemise with matching quarter-bound cloth and black leather slipcase with titles in gilt on the spine.

    As long as the Republics of Mexico and Texas remained in a state of war, Texas could not enjoy the full benefits of independence, and diplomatic relations with other nations were hampered by Texas' equivocal status. In hopes of speeding annexation to the United States, President Sam Houston designated General James Hamilton a "Commissioner on the part of said Republic to treat with any Commissioner Agent or Minister which may be duly appointed by the Republic of Mexico to negotiate for Amity , peace, and boundaries with the Republic of Texas, aforesaid, and to open said negotiation either at London or elsewhere, either through the intervention of Her Britannic Majesty's Government or of any other power which he may select for that purpose." Hamilton successfully negotiated three treaties with Great Britain: one of commerce and navigation, one providing for British mediation in the Texas-­Mexico peace negotiations, and this one, calling for the suppression of the slave trade. Although signed in November 1840, various delays postponed the ultimate adoption of the treaty until July 28, 1842.

    In 1845, the governments of Great Britain again intervened in an attempt to broker a permanent peace between the two Republics. Their negotiations were successful and President Anson Jones was able to present both the United States' Joint Resolution to Annex Texas and the treaty terms with Mexico to the Congress of the Republic and to the Annexation Convention. Pages 165-176 reprint the text of the treaty

    Reference: Streeter 1456, 1416.


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