The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 33
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Early Sentiment for Annexation of California
1. Mexico to cede Upper California to the United States.
2. The United States to pay millions of dollars for
3. Of this sum, millions to be paid to American
claimants against Mexico.
4. The remainder to English creditors or bondholders of
5. The Oregon boundary to be settled on the line of the
Both Webster and Tyler felt that this tripartite arrangement
would prove the means of satisfying all sections of the country."4
Tyler, especially, was anxious to include the admission of California
in the terms of any treaty resulting from it, writing to Webster
that "Texas might not stand alone, nor . .. the line proposed
for Oregon. Texas would reconcile all to the line, while California
would reconcile or pacify all to Oregon.""65 He was even anxious
to send Webster on a special mission to Great Britain,66 and
Webster expressed a willingness to go provided he could settle the
Oregon question and obtain California, for Webster had as much
desire to secure the latter, if not more, as did Tyler.6"
The idea of a special mission was, however, cut short by the
adverse action of Congress:8 Tyler then endeavored to persuade
George Ticknor Curtis, Life of Daniel Webster (New York. D. Appleton
and Company. 1870), 175-177. George Bancroft, as late as March, 1844,
wrote to Van Buren as though this discovery that Webster had been try-
ing to secure California were a great piece of news. It interested Van
Buren so much that he tried to find out the details from Silas Wright,
who- could give him no information. Bancroft to Van Buren, April 11,
1844. Van Buren MSS., Library of Congress. Van Buren's interest
doubtless arose from the political value of such information in connec-
tion with the question of Texas annexation.
"6Webster to Everett, as cited, p. 394.
"Webster saw in it the means of winning over the two-thirds vote
necessary for the ratification of the boundary treaty with Great Britain
"Tyler to Webster, undated. Webster MSS.
"6Same to same, undated. Webster MSS. " . . what is contem-
plated is much more important than what has been done. The mission
will be large and imposing"-same to same, Feb. 26, 1843. Ibid. See,
also, Tyler's Letters and Times of the Tylers, II, 261, for the same letters.
"OFor Webster's interest in California, see his letter of Jan. 29, to
Everett, already cited so frequently. He afterwards wrote that he con-
sidered the bay of San Francisco twenty times more valuable to the
United States than all Texas. Curtis, Life of Webster, II, 250.
"Tyler's Letters and Times of the Tylers, II, 263.
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