British Interests and Activities in Texas, 1838-1846

British Interests and Activities in Texas, 1838-1846

British Interests and Activities in Texas, 1838-1846

British Interests and Activities in Texas, 1838-1846

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The material for the lectures included in this volume was gathered by research in the Public Record Office in London during the winter of 1907-1908. That time was spent in an examination of documents and correspondence connected with English-American relations from 1815 to 1855, after which date they are inaccessible. Such papers are chiefly in the foreign office correspondence and, while they throw much light on many controverted points in history, they are nowhere more illuminating than in the matter of the British attitude toward the American annexation of Texas. Hence the invitation of the Department of History of the Johns Hopkins University to deliver the Albert Shaw Lectures in Diplomatic History in May, 1909, seemed to be most opportune and I gladly presented there the result of my work relating to Texas. This presentation is purely technical, and, while seeking to meet doubtful points, it depends upon documentary substantiation only. It might be indefinitely elaborated by citations from secondary authorities, or greatly bettered by a more complete portrayal of contemporary conditions. The purpose of the lectures forbade this. The California chapter, previously printed in the American Historical Review, is added because of its intimate connection with the Texan question.

Many friends have greatly aided me by suggestion and advice in the general field of English-American . . .

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