The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 90
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impulses of attachment for an individual, than by less excuseable
motives, I am well assured.25
It is not my purpose however, to dwell upon such topics; but
I must remark that the election of these two Gentlemen to the
Senate of the United States will be a conclusive answer from Texas
to all the false charge respecting British and French intrigue, and
undue interference in the Affairs of this Country. They will be
sent there not only because it is perfectly known here that those
statements have no foundation, but because it will be felt that
they have done what they could for the true welfare of the Country,
and the leaning they undoubtedly had to the preservation of the
independence of the Republic, will not be their worst recommen-
dation to the second thought of this deluded people. The friends
of independence will be on their side, and the result of the popular
vote on independence or the sacrifice of it, convincingly estab-
lishes the existence of a much larger party in Texas, rightly and
honourably disposed, than could be inferred from President Polk's
recent fanciful statement to the American Congress.26
I take the liberty to express the opinion that this transaction,
or the manner of it will not be durably felt in the United States
to be a satisfactory subject of national congratulation; and I think
it will be judged in sound quarters that the figure of the popular
Vote in Texas speaks more accurately and authentically upon the
subject, than inflated figures of speech. One of the two probable
Senators for Texas has been charged in the Government paper
of the United States with guilty participation in foreign intrigue
(little short of treason, I believe, was the express language) and
the other has been denounced over and over again by a repre-
sentative of the United States in Texas, as adverse to the con-
nexion with the North American Confederacy, and in secret and
treasonable understanding with Mexico, and certain European
Their election under such circumstances is irreconcileable with
Mr Polk's imagination of "the almost unanimous voice of the
people of Texas" in rebuke of the intrigues of Great Britain and
France in this Country- They have administered the affairs of
25That is, Houston's personal attachment to Jackson.
20Polk's first annual message, December 2, 1845, in which he spoke of
the "almost unanimous voice" of Texas in favor of annexation.
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