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IKIN, ARTHUR (?–?). Arthur Ikin, diplomat and author, a native of Great Britain, delivered to the Texas government in January 1841 two commercial treaties negotiated between Texas and Great Britain and one treaty between Texas and the Netherlands. Ikin was appointed consul at London for the Republic of Texas on February 4, 1841, and held the position until January 15, 1842. In England he published Texas: Its History, Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, and General Statistics (1841), which he designed for the use of British merchants and as a guide for emigrants.


Alma Howell Brown, "The Consular Service of the Republic of Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 33 (January, April 1930). Joseph William Schmitz, Texan Statecraft, 1836–1845 (San Antonio: Naylor, 1941).

John L. Sims


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

John L. Sims, "IKIN, ARTHUR," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.