The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 68
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the conditions of these resolutions are entirely one sided as to
advantage, and little short of insulting to Texas in point of lan-
guage; that the charge of a State Government would be as heavy
to this people as their present Establishments, that brought un-
der the more burdensome fiscal system of the United States,
and with the amount of the duties going to the Treasury of the
United States, they would be at once living more chargeably,
and trading less advantageously, and therefore even less able
than they are now to meet their expenditure by direct taxa-
tion; that if they are to sacrifice all their present means of de-
fraying their expence, and to be left with no other fund for
the discharge of their debts than the proceeds of land sales, it
was at least just that the Government of the United States
should have guaranteed to them the peaceful and full possession
of the territory which they claim to be Texas, that the United
States can no doubt very well afford to be liberal to Mexico in
respect of limits, being perfectly free of liabilities for the debts
of Texas, that they are by no means satisfied with the vague
expression that Congress is to take over the territory properly
"included within, and rightfully belonging to the Republic of
Texas"; and that they hold it to be out of the question under
the circumstances of being left with the burden of their debts
and expences, to concede to the United States the right of nego-
tiating away their territory, or ever to enter into any Annexa-
tion arrangement with that Country unless the integrity of their
present limits is effectually guaranteed.
Great dislike is expressed to the admission of any conditions
respecting the Institution of Slavery within the limits of Texas;
and beyond these and a variety of other considerations, it is in-
sisted that it is impossible in any fair construction of the Con-
stitution of Texas to take the sense of the people upon this
momentous subject, and to have adopted a new Constitution as
a State of the American Union for presentation to Congress in
the United States, on or before the 1st January 1846, the period
allowed for that purpose by the Resolutions of the House of Rep-
resentatives. I enclose for Your Lordship's perusal the provi-
sions of the Constitution in that particular,21 from which it
21Elliot enclosed a copy of that part of the Texan constitution entitled
"General Provisions," Section 11 (on amendments). As in Poore, Char-
ters and Constitutions, II, 1761-1762.
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