The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 4
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of the leading objections to annexation on the part of the Whigs
in the campaign of 1844.
Jackson's attitude on the Texas question called forth varied
comment. The Columbus Democrat praised the presidential mes-
sage of December, 1836, for its "mild, conciliatory and dignified
tone," and in an editorial entitled "The Whigs against Texas"
asserted that the new republic had nothing to expect from that
party, but must look to the same Democratic party that brought
in Arkansas and Michigan against the wishes of Webster, Biddle
and the bank party.6 The opposition aroused in Mississippi as
in other Southern States by Jackson's anti-nullification proclama-
tion and by his war on the national bank is reflected in the at-
tacks that were made upon his policy and that of his successor in
regard to Texas.7 Thus we find the Woodville Republican which,
as has been seen, was inclined to look with favor upon the ac-
quisition of Texas, criticizing the attitude of Jackson as follows:
"The President prates too much about neutrality. We should not
be surprised if he were to oppose the annexation of Texas." This
same journal made light of the reasons given by Jackson in his
message for observing caution in recognizing the independence of
Texas.8 The most outspoken attacks upon the policy of the ad-
ministration with regard to Texas came naturally from those jour-
nals representing extreme State right doctrines. The Sentinel
and Expositor attacked the course of the Federal government in
regard to Texas as inconsistent and vacillating. "It has paltered
in a double sense both with Mexico and Texas, and every candid
man must be disgusted when he reviews the course of the Federal
government." Jackson's lack of zeal with reference to Texas was
attributed to those items in Morfit's report which dealt with the
limitations upon the executive's power of appointment and re-
moval in the Constitution of the new republic. In general, Jack-
son's rule was characterized as a "reign of ferocious despotism, as
equalling the despotic, vindictive and malignant tyranny of all
the Tarquins." Governor McDuffie's attitude toward annexation
'Issues of January 7, July 8, 1837.
'Cf. Barker, "President Jackson and the Texas Revolution," Amer. Hist.
Rev., XII, No. 4, July, 1907.
sIssues of December 24, 1836; January 14, 1837.
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