The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 5
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Texas Annexation Sentiment in Mississippi, 1835-1844 5
was applauded as a "disinterested devotion to the immutable prin-
ciples of justice and honor."9
The Weekly Courier and Journal quoted the Washington corre-
spondent of the New Orleans Bulletin to the effect that "the Presi-
dent has taken as bold a stand as he dares to take at present, but
Texas has the old man's heart after all"; the same journal's dec-
laration that Van Buren and the whole junto of the Albany
Regency was decidedly hostile to the cause of Texaso0 was charac-
terized as a palpable falsehood by the Mississippi Free Trader, as
well as the story that it was owing to Van Buren's influence that
President Jackson had not been more decided on the subject."
Of deeper significance than the attacks of a partisan press upon
Jackson's attitude in regard to Texas was the report in the sum-
mer of 1837 of a select committee of the Legislature to which
had been referred a memorial of sundry citizens of Hinds county
relative to the expediency of receiving Texas. It was the sense
of the committee that "the annexation of Texas is essential to the
future safety and repose of the Southern States"- and as securing
"an equipoise of influence in the halls of Congress." The com-
mittee declared in regard to slavery:
This system is cherished by our constituents as the very pal-
ladium of their prosperity and happiness, and whatever ignorant
fanatics may elsewhere conjecture, the committee are fully as-
sured, upon the most diligent observation and reflection upon the
subject, that the South does not possess within her limits a bless-
ing with which the affections of her people are so closely entwined
and so completely enfibered, and whose value is more highly ap-
preciated. . . . To this system we owe more than we can well
estimate of domestic comfort and happiness.
The Mississippi Senators and Congressmen were requested to
further annexation at as early a date as practicable, and the resolu-
tions of the committee were unanimously adopted by the Legisla-
ture.12 Memucan Hunt, the Texan minister representing his gov-
ernment at Washington, laid great stress upon the necessity of
annexation if the peculiar institution of the Southern States was
*Issues of January 3, 17, 24; February 7; March 14, 1837.
1Issue of February 10, 1837.
"Issue of September 1, 1836.
"Niles' Weekly Register. LII, 258. Cf. Cleo Hearon, "Mississippi and
the Compromise of 1850," Miss. Hist. SBo. Pubs., XIV, 14.
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