The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 38
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satisfied of this fact, and while the question of annexation was
pending before the people of Texas, the government of Mexico, by
a formal act, agreed to recognize the independence of Texas on
condition that she would not annex herself to any other power.
The agreement to acknowledge the independence of Texas, with or
without this condition, is conclusive against Mexico. The inde-
pendence of Texas is a fact, conceded by Mexico herself, and she
has no right or authority to prescribe restrictions on the form of
government which Texas might afterwards choose to assume."
New England was now ablaze with excitement. The legislature
of Massachusetts solemnly nullified the annexation resolutions, as
before stated, and every form of opposition, except open rebellion,
was manifested throughout that region, and others that caught the
The Mexican minister left Washington on the 7th of March,
four days after the approval of the resolutions by President Tyler.
When the news reached Mexico, that country was excited from
center to circumference. On the 29th of the same month their
Congress decreed a large loan to meet the expenses of what they
termed "the impending war." The condition of affairs was offi-
cially announced to the nation, and the people were summoned to
arms in defence of their rights and honor. On the 4th of June the
President issued his proclamation, stating that Mexico would
oppose annexation with all the strength at her command, and
would put into the field the whole strength of the army. On the
12th of July Conde, the war minister, issued a circular letter
announcing that the government had decided on a declaration of
war, and on the 16th he ordered the filling up of contingents of
troops "for the war which she wages against the United States."
In the meantime Texas was arranging her part of the annexa-
tion. A .special session of her Congress was called to meet June
16th, and on the 23rd it accepted the terms and called a conven-
tion of the people to meet July 4th, ratify annexation, and to
frame a constitution. This was done with but one dissenting
voice. The United -States had not yet sent a soldier west of the
Sabine, but in view of the threats of Mexico, the commands then
on the western border of Louisiana, where they had been stationed
since 1819, were filled out so as to reach 1500 men.
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