The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 86
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86 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
United States to maintain peace with all the Indians on our bor-
I have thus hastily written you a long letter, subject to fre-
quent interruptions. You may therefore find my meaning, in some
things, obscure. I have not even glanced at the general policy of
the measure of annexation, but have given my views as to the mode
of its execution, and what appears to me necessary to be done by
the parties. I must confess that I have not been free from em-
barrassment on the subject. I have felt so deeply for my venerated
and highly valued friend, the Sage of the Hermitage, that nothing but
a most sacred regard for my adopted country could have induced
me again to thus express my opinions on this subject. The feelings
of Gen. Jackson are so much absorbed in the subject of annexa-
tion, arising from his views of the importance of the measure to
the United States, that he has, very naturally, not been fully able
to regard Texas as forming a separate community, and with inter-
ests not entirely identical with those of that government. Never-
theless, I know and feel that Gen. Jackson believes that Texas, an-
nexed on any terms, would be equally benefited with the United
States, and thereby perpetuate free institutions, and extend the
sphere of representative government. Annexation would be cer-
tainly beneficial to the United States. On the part of Texas, it is
an experiment, which I pray God, if it takes place, may result in
enduring happiness and prosperity to a united community.
I am, truly your friend,
Maj. A. J. Donelson, &c., &c.
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