TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. I. OCTOBER, 1897. No. 2.
The Publication Committee disclaim responsibility for views expressed by contributors
to the Quarterly.
THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS.
[The following letter from General Houston to Major A. J.
Donelson, United States charge d'affaires in Texas, is reprinted
from the Texas Banner (published at Huntsville) of May 26, 1849.
It appeared also in Niles' Register, vol. 75, and was later published
in the National Intelligencer.- G. P. G.]
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS, 9th April, 1845.
My Dear Major: In accordance with my promise on yesterday,
I will now communicate to you some of my views on the question
of annexation. I regret that my time will not allow me to go as
fully into an examination of the subject as would be desirable,
where so much of interest to both countries is involved in the meas-
ure. The overture is now made by the United States to Texas; and
by an act of the Congress of the former, conditions are proposed by
which the latter may be admitted as a part of the Union. I will
not discuss the policy of the measure, but allude only to the man-
ner of its consummation.
I am in favor of annexation, if it can take place on terms mutu-
ally beneficial to both countries. I have on all occasions evinced
the most anxious solicitude touching the matter, and have withheld
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