The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 59
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas
the spirit of '76, yet lingering among us, to this new land of
promise. Heaven forbid that this should occur; but the aspect
is now unpropitious. . .. Economy and Reform can alone
save us." Governor McDuffie's course in regard to Texas was de-
precated: "For, disguise it as you may, the almost entire oppo-
sition to the recognition of the independence of Texas and an-
nexation to the United States arises from a, hostility to Southern
institutions." The editor had scant sympathy with the Presi-
dent's plea for caution in recognition on account of the dispro-
portion of physical force of Texas and Mexico; precisely the same
argument might have been set up by France when the United
States applied for recognition. The idea of Texan independence
evoked this outburst: "Mexico can never recover her lost do-
main-sooner will the Texian star irradiate over the volcano of
Popocatopetl, her warriors bathe in Lake Tezcuco, aid prome-
nade in the delightful shades of the Alameda !"69
The Sentinel and Expositor attacked the course of the Federal
government in regard to Texas as inconsistent and vacillating.
"It has paltered in a double sense both with Mexico, and Texas,
and every candid man must be disgusted when he reviews the
course of our Federal government." 'This paper attributed Jack-
son's lack of zeal in the cause of Texas to those items in Morfit's
report which dealt with the limitations upon the executive's power
of appointment and removal in the constitution of the new re-
public. Jackson's rule was characterized as a "reign of ferocious
despotism, as equalling the despotic, vindictive and malignant
tyranny of all the Tarquins." Governor McDuffie's attitude
toward the annexation of Texas was applauded as a "disinter-
ested devotion to the immutable principles of justice and honor.'70
The Columbus Democrat was convinced that Texas had nothing
to expect from the Whigs, but must look to the same Democratic
party that brought in Arkansas and Michigan against ihe wishes
of Webster, Biddle and the Bank party.71 The Mississippi Free
Trader, ever a staunch Democratic journal, was enthusiastic for
the future of Texas, and was surprised at the apathy of the peo-
('Issues of December 24, February 27, 1836; March 11, 1837.
"0Issues of January 3, 17, 24; February 7; March 14, 1837.
'Issue of July 8, 1837.
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