The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 75
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
the Treaty; and I urged the preservation of our own rights on
the Oregon by Colonizing the Country and giving land to the
emigrants. These are the Measures I recommended twenty-five
years ago, and which are now pursued in relation to Oregon, and
they have my cordial support. To put an end to the Treaty of
Joint occupation, and to give land to the emigrants, is now the
national policy, and the way to carry the Baltimore resolutions
"And I went further in my views upon Oregon than the ex-
clusion of the British, and the preservation of our territorial
rights. I looked across the Pacific Ocean, and I saw Eastern
Asia full in sight. I traced an American Road to India*
through our own dominions, and across that Sea !-I showed that
a new route, almost exclusively American, was to be opened to
Asiatic Commerce, and although the event has not yet fulfilled
my expectations, nor the public mind advanced to. my position,
yet I still stand upon it and adhere to my vision of five and
twenty years ago. I repeat again what I then said: I say the
man is alive, full-grown, and listening to what I say (without
believing it, perhaps) who will yet see the Asiatic Commerce
traversing the North Pacific Ocean, entering the Oregon river,
climbing the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, issuing from
its gorges, and spreading its fertilizing streams over our widely
extended Union !-The Steam-boat and the Steam-car have not
yet exhausted their wonders. They have not yet found even their
amplest and most appropriate theatres--the tranquil surface of
the North Pacific Ocean, and the vast inclined plane which
spreads East and West from the base of the Rocky Mountains.
The magic boat and the flying car are not yet seen upon this
ocean, nor upon this plane--but they will be seen there;-and
St Louis, in Missouri, is yet to find herself as near to Canton as
she now is to London-with a better and safer route, by land
and sea, to China and Japan than she now has to France and
*AMERICAN ROAD TO INDIA:-These words are in small capi-
tals in the published Speech, which, I should suppose, had re-
ceived the revision of Mr Benton himself, as it was printed, in
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