The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920

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VOL. XXIII APRIL, 1920 No. 4
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MIRABEAU BUONAPARTE LAMAR
A. K. CHRISTIAN
CHAPTER III
PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION: DOMESTIC AFFAIRS
In an address to the Senate, November 5, 1838, on retiring
from that body preparatory to his inauguration as President,
Lamar stated that it would be inconsistent with the occasion to
call attention to any specific measures which he might desire, but
he considered it proper to say that a crisis had arrived when the
question of separate national existence was to be settled.
If we will but maintain our present independent position-diffuse
knowledge and virtue by means of public education--establish a
sound and wholesome monetary system-remove the temptation
and facilities to every species of peculation and unrighteous gain-
make truth, virtue and patriotism the basis of all public pol-
icy-and secure the confidence of foreign nations by the wisdom
of our laws and the integrity of our motives, I cannot perceive
why we may not, within a very short period, elevate our young
republic into that political importance and proud distinction which
will not only command the respect and admiration of the world,
but render it the interest of the nations now discarding our
friendship, to covet from us those commercial relations which we
vainly solicit from them."
In his inaugural address on December 10, while refraining from
announcing a policy on domestic affairs, he came back to the idea
of independence, expressed in his address to the Senate. He said
"Lamar Papers, No. 867.

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