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terfere.1 To Austin's earnest appeal for the recognition of Texas,
Jackson replied intimating that the Texans should have taken into
consideration the consequences of their act in beginning the revo-
lution, concluding with the statement repeatedly expressed: "Our
neutrality must be faithfully maintained."2
That Jackson was sincere in thus proclaiming his intention to
enforce the neutrality laws of the United States will hardly admit
of question; for he was a man of conscience and of honor, stead-
fastly devoted to the performance of his duty as he saw it. When
complaints therefore of the violations of neutrality were from time
to time addressed to the department of state by Go-rostiza, Castillo,
and Monasterio,3 the reply was that "all measures enjoined and
warranted by law have been and will continue to be taken to en-
force respect by citizens of the United States within their juris-
diction to the neutrality of their Government."4' Accordingly the
district attorneys in the leading cities of the Union were author-
ized to prosecute without discrimination all violations of laws of
the United States which had been enacted for the purpose of pre-
serving peace or which fulfilled treaty obligations with foreign
'Wharton and Hunt to Rusk, February 20, 1837. Dip. Cor. Tex., I,
196, 197. Cf. Rather, "Recognition of the Republic of Texas by the
United States," in TiE QUARTERLY, XIII, 246-247. The writer, after a
careful study 'of the question, reaches the conclusion that so far as Jack-
son's personal attitude toward Texas was concerned, he was consistent
'Bassett, Life of Andrew Jackson. II, 680. "The writer does not re-
flect that we have a treaty with Mexico, and our national faith is pledged
to support it. . . . [The rebellion] was a rash and a premature act,
our neutrality must be faithfully maintained." This, is precisely the
attitude taken in his message of December 22, 1836. Richardson, Mes-
sages and Papers, III, 266.
'House Exec. Does., 24 Cong., 2 Sess., VI, No. 256; 25 Cong., 2 Sess.,
VII, No. 190; 25 Cong., 2 Sess., XII, No. 351; S0n. Does., 24 Cong., 2
Sess., I, No. 1.
'House Exec. Does., 24 Cong., 1 Sess., VI, No. 256.
'These orders were addressed by Secretary Forsyth to the district at-
torneys at Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Mobile, Richmond,
Nashville, Frankfort, Natchez, and St. Martinsville, La. Lewis Sanders,
the district attorney at Frankfort, in his reply to Forsyth, declared his
intention of enforcing the laws against all offenders. In his letter to
Dickens he disclaims knowledge of any movement calculated to disturb
our neutral relations with Mexico. In similar manner Addison who was
acting as district attorney at Natchez assured Forsyth that vigilance
would be used to prevent any infraction of neutrality within his district.
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