The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 77
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Southern Opposition to the Annexation of Texas
utary to the Middle & Eastern States-I fear it will be long ere
we can shake off the chains- Our government is becoming very
corrupt, & our interests will always be sacrificed to promote the
ambitious views of some aspiring chief-.
Riddle, on April 12, 1838, rites from Woodville, Mississippi,
in somewhat the same strain:
I may appear to utter a strange startling opinion, one
which some would construe into enmity towards your young
Republic, and as implying a destitution of respect for my native
land, when I utter the honest conviction of my bosom-that
possessing within yourselves all the Essential Ellements of National
greatness, the single Star of Texas, may not be eclipsed by being
thrown among the 26 of this confederacy, until we return to a
rigid adherence to the letter & spirit of our constitution, or the
ambition & reckless cupidity and fanaticism of our Northern allies
not Brethren in their folly shall have caused a severance of the
Union, then and not till will it be to the permanent advantage of
Texas to become a part of this Confederacy.
He expresses like sentiments in other letters, especially in one
dated Holly Springs, Mississippi, January 10, 1839, in which
he expressed his "pride and pleasure" in the course of the Texans
in withdrawing the application for annexation, remarking that
in former letters he had favored such a policy in anticipation of
"the present evil state of affairs here" arising from "the rash mad-
ness of fanatics both Religious and monetary. ."
Jones presents the most elaborate anti-annexation argument of
all. On October 6, 1838, he writes Lamar that in his opinion the
maintenance of a separate sovereignty is far better for Texas than
annexation to the United States, because its constitution is a
distinct improvement upon that of the United States, and because
a single commonwealth is far better than a confederation of
S. . Although no harm . . . may come of Abolitionism
for centuries; yet the constant agitation of the question by the
Fanatics of the North, must greatly estrange and embitter one
portion of the Union against another, give rise to strong sectional
jealousies, and tend to keep alive among the Southern people much
irritation, mingled with feelings of apprehension, both for the
safety of the Union and their own property. Under such a state
of things, I do not conceive it would be to the interest of Texas to
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