The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 92
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which cannot bear the light, but springing, according to this ac-
count, purely from the choice of the people themselves to share
the blessings of the Union. All idea of freedom of choice by the
people themselves is purely imaginary. The circumstances and
facts of the case contradict it, and at least two thirds of the people
abstained from voting at all, or voted against Annexation. Con-
cerning these conceptions of the blessings of the Union, it seems
highly probable that a very large part of the.people of the Union
will determine in no long lapse of time, that a great impulse to
the internal Slave trade, and a vast extension of the principle of
Slave representation in the Councils of the Nation, are not bless-
ings to the Union, but danger and shame.
Mr Polk is warranted in his confidence that the history of the
world may be challenged to permit a parallell to this affair, or it
may be added, to the deliberate composure of his account of it.
To The Right Honourable.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN27
No. 8. Galveston
Jany. 23d 1846.
I have the honour to forward the Copy of a Circular from the
Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, extracted from
the Union Newspaper of the 8th Instant, which reached this place
to day; and I have also to report that the same paper contains
the appointment by the President of the United States, by and
with the consent of the Senate of Mr Hiram G. Reynolds to be
"Collector of the Customs for the district of Texas, and Inspector
of the Revenue for the Port of Galveston in the State of Texas."
Your Lordship is aware that the President of Texas considers
that the separate Sovereignty of this Republic, and it's Laws and
institutions, remain in unimpaired force till the State Legislature
shall have assembled, and the State Government has been duly
established agreeably to the terms of the Constitution of the pro-
posed State of Texas; the acceptance of which Constitution by the
27F. 0. Texas, Vol. 16.
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