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But there are few who have the boldness to express these opinions publicly, or who [would] be willing to stem the current popular prejudice by undertaking to carry them out."2 It is also worth emphasizing here that constitutional changes made during this period imposed restrictions on the actions of those in power.Some examples include: an article added to the constitution prohibiting the transfer of control over territory;3 and amendments to the 1824 Federal Constitution which were approved in 1847 and which disqualified "the Executive from signing a peace agreement and concluding negotiations with foreign nations." 4 From the Mexican perspective, there were two facets to the problem of Texas: one was related to its separation from Mexico and the other to its annexation to the United States.Let it be said in passing that Mexico's position was very similar to that adopted by the U. government when it faced the problem of the succession of its southern states years later.
Furthermore, it considered that despite the recognition Texans had gained in other countries, the conflict was an internal problem.Faced with this situation, the José Joaquín de Herrera administration attempted a double-edged diplomacy by, first, denouncing the U. Congressional resolution as illegal,6 and secondly, establishing negotiations with Texas with two objectives in mind: to avoid the annexation of Texas and elude an armed conflict with the United States.