HC Deb 13 June 1842 vol 63 cc1490-1
Mr. D'Israeli

wished to ask the right hon. Baronet near him, whether it was the intention of the Government, before they recognised the blockade of Mexico by Texas, to recognize the independence of Texas?

Sir R. Peel

apprehended that the recognition of a blockade did not depend on the previous recognition of the belligerent state. There were several instances in which this country had recognized a blockade without having previously recognised the particular state instituting the blockade. In the present case, however, as he had before stated, treaties had been concluded with the Government of Texas, by persons having the authority of Her Britannic Majesty for that purpose; this occurred under the late Administration, but since he had come into office, he had seen no allegation whatever that the parties employed to make these treaties had exceeded their authority. It was not necessary for him to state whether he considered those treaties wisely conceived, or otherwise; all he had to say was, that they had been concluded, and as there was no allegation that the parties concluding them for the British Government had exceeded their authority, he did not feel it necessary for the present Government to advise her Majesty not to ratify those treaties, and they would accordingly be ratified by the time specified, namely, by the 1st of August next.

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