The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 6
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6 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
motion at the first opportunity that presented itself to the people
'and the profession.
'Had he served 'out his full term as judge the would have occu-
pied that position until 1852, 'but he resigned in 1851, after five
years' service, and returned to the practice of the law, settling in
Shelby county. Although then and always pre-eminently a lawyer
and a judge, his practical bent of mind and his intense interest in
the great questions of constitutional controversy in the domain of
politics enlisted his active participation in public discussions and
Speedily after her annexation to the Union, Texas began to feel
the compelling force 'of her new relations and the responsibilities
they entailed. IThe Democratic party had brought her into the
sisterhood of States, and to that historic organization she gave her
earliest, as she has maintained her lasting allegiance. 'Annexa-
tion, in fact, precipitated the issues that ,afterwards rent the coun-
try in twain and convulsed it in civil strife. The "boundary dis-
pute," adjusted by the compromise measures of 1850, re-opened
the vexed controversy of free and slave territory by practically ab-
rogating 'the Missouri Compromise -of 1820. It is strange what re-
mote influences sway the destinies of nations, and how far it is
to reach the genesis of revolution. When Napoleon sold Louisiana
to the United States in 1803, his attention was called by his min-
ister, the Count de Marbois, to the fact that its southern and
western limits were not definitely described in the cession; to
which the First Consul, with characteristic prevision, replied that
"if an obscurity did not 'already exist, it would be good policy to
put one in the treaty." Trhat obscurity remained to vex France,
Spain and the United States through years of filibustering along
the Sabine; it ran red with blood in the expeditions of Magee and
Long; it was partially removed by tlhe treaty of 1819 with Sprain;
it arose in another form in the Mexican War of 1846; its prolific
progeny 'of contention roused the Union 'to fever heat in the cam-
paign for Annexation and in the debates ,of Congress over the Com-
promise of 1850; its voice reverberated in the strife of 1861; and
at last its expiring echoes were heard in the Greer County Case in
During the years from 1847 to 1857 Texas politics were rapidly
developing 'along the lines of the pro-slavery, states-rights doc-
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