VoL. XVIII* OCTOBER, 1914 No. 2
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contributors to THE QUARTERLY.
THE EARLY SENTIMENT FOR THE ANNEXATION OF
CALIFORNIA: AN ACOUNT OF THE GROWTH
OF AMERICAN INTEREST INI CALI-
ROBERT GLASS CLELAND
FIRST EFFORTS OF THE POLK ADMINISTRATION
Having traced the course of the Tyler administration with re-
gard to California, we must now turn to the internal affairs of
the province and the growth of popular interest throughout the
country in its concerns. During 1842 no emigration of any im-
portance took place from the United States. But the friends of
the movement were busy;2 and toward the close of the year, Gen-
eral Almonte, the Mexican minister at Washington, found it neces-
sary to counteract their representations by an article denying the
report that California officials extended a ready welcome to for-
eigners.3 In this, however, he was giving the views of the Mexi-
*Volumes I-XV published as THE QUARTERLY of the Texas State His-
'Bancroft, XXI, 341.
'Niles' Register, LXIII, 242; Larkin to James G. Bennett of the New
York Herald, Feb. 2, 1842. Larkin MSS., II, No. 6.
8Baltimore American, Dec. 24, 1842, reprinted in Niles' Register, LXIII,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101064/. Accessed May 25, 2015.