that his blunt denial would stop all inquiry upon the subject, but in this he adds moral turpitude to heinous guilt, and therefore deserves the more the execrations of his countrymen.
Fellow-citizens, well may you ponder upon the political condition of your country, and some seek refuge in acknowledging the supremacy of degraded Mexico, some in abolition, some in annexation, when such things are allowed. What a commentary upon our government! If the poorest man were to commit murder upon his neighbour, he would be hanged therefor; but President Houston, in the unchecked practice of every political enormity, can do so by the regiment and fleet without punishment. I am, very respectfully, your old friend,
|Thomas J. Green|
|November 10, 1845|
|Mexico, June 8th, 1843.|
My dear Sir, - I send you herewith a letter recently received from General T.J. Green, of Texas, and shall be obliged to you for an extract of that portion of the letter of Mr. Elliott to Mr. Packenham to which General Green alludes. I deem it proper to add, that although the communications made to me of the contents of Captain Elliott's, either by Mr. Packenham or yourself, were not of a confidential character, nor did I consider that any such confidence was implied, yet I neither made any communication on the subject to General Green, nor authorized any one else to do so. I am &c., &c., &c.
|Hon. Percy W. Doyle|
Mexico, June 9th, 1843
My dear General, - I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of yesterday's date, enclosing one you had received from General T.J. Green, of Texas, and requesting me to give you an extract of a letter written by Captain Elliott, her majesty's chargé de affaires in Texas, to Mr. Packenham on the subject of the Texian prisoners. I regret to be obliged to refuse the request you make, for the letter is a private one, and not addressed to me; I therefore do not feel authorized to give any extract from it. With respect to the communication made to you by Mr. Packenham, I cannot, of course, know how far it was looked upon as confidential by him, but I am led to suppose that, in saying what he did, he was actuated by the same feelings as myself, when I spoke to you on the same subject, namely, that any communication I made to you was certainly for the purpose of aiding each other in any steps we might be induced to take for the benefit of those unfortunate prisoners, but certainly not to be communicated to any one else, and especially not to them. I much fear that this knowledge they have obtained, as you observe, unauthorized by you, may be the means of doing them farther injury.
|I am, &c., &c., &c., Percy W. Doyle|
|General Waddy Thompson|
|Mexico, June 10th, 1843|
My dear Sir, - I have received your note of yesterday, and regret that you should not feel yourself at liberty to give me the extract from the letter of Mr. Elliott to Mr. Packenham for which I asked. I should not have considered it necessary to say anything more on the subject but for the remark which you make as to the communications which were made to me having been regarded as confidential: if so, and I have spoken to any one of them, I have been in fault; and as I do not so consider it, I feel it to be my duty to say, that neither by Mr. Packenham nor yourself was any intimation given to me that the communication was to be so regarded, and I cannot see