The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 60
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ple of Mississippi in purchasing Texas lands, for which abundant
opportunity was afforded. It repelled the assertion of the Na.tchez
Courier that Van Buren was at heart utterly opposed to the Texan
cause, or that the President was influenced by him. The chief
magistrate had "acted honestly, feelingly, nobly"; he had pre-
served inviolate all treaties and according to them had observed
a strict neutrality.72
The Natchez Courier was one of the most influential journals
in Mississippi and was ably edited in the interest of the Whig
party. It favored the acquisition of Texas, and advised its read-
ers to invest in Texas scrip, which was said to have met with a
ready sale in Natchez. The Texas question was welcomed as
showing who were for "Texas and liberty to the South, or against
Texas and white freedom in the South." "The acquisition of
Texas would give the South an equality in the Union by which
she could main -ain her rights and meet the North upon fair
Mississippi thus like so many of its sister States bore its part
in the movement for Texas independence; there was a measure
of truth in the assertion of the Natchez Courier that "community
and State have given Texas men and money with a liberality al-
72Issues of September 1, 1836; February 4, 7, 18, 1837.
7Daily Courier in Woodville Republican, June 4, 1836; Weekly Courier
and Journal, February 24; March 17, 24, 1837.
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