The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 73
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
free scope to the spirit of bold disclosure concerning schemes
of prospective aggrandizement. Among their leading politicians,
no one pretends to doubt that the Northern Confederacy is des-
tined, and at no remote day, to be the ruling Power of the
world-giving to other States the impress of Republican institu-
But of their politicians,-even of the class, professing the
most rigid principles of democracy, there are two divisions.-
one of which is for immediate extension of territory, regardless
of consequences,-the other for what is termed a "masterly in-
activity"-that is trusting to the helping influences of time. In
risking a collision with old Sovereignties, the former hope for
success through the sympathies of kindred opinion--in procrasti-
nating cherished Measures, the latter calculate that a few years
will bring within their reach, without cost and without danger,
what they-more cautious, or more experienced, or better in-
formed than their fellows-feel and fear, if precipitately snatched
at, would be productive of both. The stationary condition of
Europe and the rapid progress of the Union are the stimulating
topics with the first democratic Section; the concentrated energy
of Monarchies, the Military strength of European Sovereignties,
and the certainty of an early and vast addition to the already
large resources of America, are the prudential pleas of the
second.-"We defeated Great Britain when our population was
only three Millions, and we are now more than twenty"-say
the advocates of instant action-"Be patient, and at peace, for
one quarter of a Century"-reply the friends of delay-"and you
will have a combination of agricultural, commercial and manu-
facturing wealth with numerical force, capable of commanding
the first place among the Nations. The short term of five and
twenty years, with no addition to the ordinary ratio of increase,
will exhibit the United States with fifty Millions of inhabitants.
Of felicitous events-such as wars between the great European
Powers-we shall do well to avail ourselves-but let us avoid a
premature expenditure of our resources. By pursuing this pol-
icy, Mexico, the West India islands, the trade of China and
Hindostan, will, all in good time be our own"
This, My Lord, I believe to be a faithful though brief, tran-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918, periodical, 1918; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101073/m1/79/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.