The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 91
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
Texas during the last five years, they have given the flattest con-
tradiction to Mr Polk's charge of improper interference by Great
Britain and France in official papers; they have passed unscathed
through all the attack and scrutinizing enquiry to which they have
been exposed in that sense, and their election to the Senate of
the United States will be the rebuke of the people of Texas for
that kind of groundless accusation.
The people of Texas are already beginning to awaken from
their delusion, and may soon recollect that there was no movement
of active interference in their behalf by the Government of the
United States when it was most needed, or until Texas was about
to settle on an honourable and advantageous footing without it,
and particularly, until an approaching Presidential election in the
United States made it a convenient subject for speculating poli-
ticians to agitate and turn to their own account.
When the people of Texas too, become restored to a sober sense
of what is past and gone, it may occur to them that the Agents
of Great Britain and France never forget that they were sent to
the Government they had chosen, and not to operate upon the
passions or prejudices of the unreflecting, or to practice upon lead-
ing men in the Country by indirect means, and offers of high place
and station, present and prospective.
The President of the United States in his Message closes his
reflections on Annexation, with a paragraph, every sentence of
which, rightly explained, contains as just a Comment upon the
transaction as language could have supplied. "If we consider,"
says Mr. Polk the "extent of territory involved in the Annexation,
it's prospective influence on America, the means by which it has
been accomplished, springing purely from the choice of the people
to share the blessings of our Union, the history of the world may
be challenged to furnish a parallel." The extent of territory in-
volved; that is, territory six times as large as the territory in
the occupation of the Texians, belonging to a weak and unoffend-
ing Neighbour, and secured to her by treaty. It's prospective
influence on America, that is in fact, the prospective influence on
America of continued violation of compact, and increasing spolia-
tion by the Government of this Country on feeble Powers.
The means by which it has been accomplished; that is means
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