The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 10
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of Mississippi in the fall of 1839, Walker, who was a candidate
for re-election to the Senate, in comparing the attitude of Clay
and of Van Buren upon the Texas question, affirmed this to be a
matter of the deepest concern to the people of Mississippi and
the South. As on a previous occasion, he dwelt upon the fact
that the acquisition of Texas would afford at least "six South-
western States, and new States, and slave-holding States and anti-
tariff States, securing to the South a preponderance in the Sen-
ate, whilst the North maintained its numerical superiority in the
House, and thus giving us the checking power, preventing any
hostile legislation to the great interests of either section, and ren-
dering our Union perpetual. If this be not a question of vital
interest to Mississippi, I know not what can be." On more than
one occasion, when Texas was the theme, Walker's imagination was
kindled to an unexampled pitch, and just as he indulged in some
"tall speaking" on the subject, so some of his printed addresses
depict in glowing terms the bright side of expansion, as the fol-
lowing extract indicates:
Whether Texas now is ever to be embraced within the Confed-
eracy-whether her citizens, without leaving their own country, are
ever again to return beneath the folds of the American banner-
whether the dismembered streams and valleys of the Arkansas and
Red Rivers are ever to be united with the Mississippi as a part of
our common country-whether our banner is to float upon har-
bors now in Texas upon the Gulf, and upon the still more noble and
glorious harbor of San Francisco upon the Pacific, the most secure,
capacious and deepest harbor in the globe, and which must be-
come a part of Texas, are questions now by us unfathomable.
But never can I doubt that, with the aid of Mr. Clay, all this
might have been and ought to be a portion of our glorious Union,
rendering it a country upon which the sun of light and freedom
would never set; for as the rejoicing rays of Heaven and Liberty
together broke from the glad Atlantic in the East, upon the folds
of the American Standard, their evening beams would be sinking
in commingled glory from around our kindred banner stars, in
the tranquil waves of the Pacific, at the western limit of this great
Walker, as is well known, was one of the ablest and shrewdest
advocates of expansion, and labored unceasingly in furtherance of
the cause of annexation. Whatever derelictions may be laid to
25Mississippi Free Trader, October 1, 1839.
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