The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 385
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New York and the Independence of Texas
ing bound ourselves by a treaty to leave inviolate the domain of
Texas. At all events the United States should refrain from tak-
ing any action until the independence of Texas was established.
Six months later editorials similar in tone followed. The point
of view of the Post was colored by the belief on its part that a set
of speculators were polluting a cause otherwise noble. This at-
titude the Post maintained throughout the year. In December it
expressed itself as opposed under any circumstances to the admis-
sion of Texas. It seemed to the editor that the owners of Texas
lands were those most eager for the "admission of Texas into the
republick."" The Courier and Enquirer, on the other hand, in
replying to the articles of its contemporary, argued that Texas
was a state possessing an independent government,-of this fact
proof had been given. Not a hostile foot was upon her soil, the
only indications of an invasion were threats and bravadoes. In
an able and impartial manner the editor then proceeded to discuss
the various questions connected with the admission of Texas into
the Union. Setting aside the Abolitionists there would be no op-
position, it was asserted, to the admission of Texas. In the great
conflict of sectional interests, New England feared it would be in
the minority. The Middle States were little concerned with the
struggles of sectional feeling. The West would view without jeal-
ousy the acquisition of Texas. The old Southern States would
thereby gain more than they would lose.65
It is thus seen that the citizens of New York responded gener-
ously to the appeals made to them by the Texan commissioners.
Contributions were raised for the purpose of sending volunteers
to Texas, the citizens of New York City petitioned Congress to
recognize the independence of the new republic, while among the
press of the northern states were some of the warmest defenders
of the Texan cause.
"June 17, 18, July 1, Dec. 13, 29, 1836.
5Dec. 29, 1836. See also Ibid., Dec. 31, 1836.
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