The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 13
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Texas Annexation Sentiment in Mississippi, 1885-1844 13
ada.30 Be this as it may, there can be no question that the fear
of losing Texas had already aroused the keenest apprehensions in
Mississippi before President Tyler by his message of December,
1843, made the subject of annexation a matter of bitter party
strife. Mississippi constituted no exception to the opinion that
was so widespread at this time,--namely, that Great Britain was
directly interfering in the affairs of Mexico and Texas for the
purpose of bringing about abolition within Texas itself, and of
thereby being in a position to exert its influence in securing aboli-
tion within the Southern States. Whether Mississippians really
believed, in 1844, that Texas must be annexed to the Union or
become a dependency of England is a question that cannot be
answered so readily; certain it is that the party journals within
the State in the campaign of 1844 never wearied of repeating
this as an argument for the immediate annexation of Texas.
Anti-British sentiment was ever a factor that had to be reckoned
with by American statesmen when incidents occurred that must
needs be adjusted through diplomatic channels. If one may judge
from the public prints, Mississippi entertained fully its share of
hostility toward England; and the very thought of that country
securing a foothold in the Southwest, or of using its influence
to bring about abolition within the Republic of Texas was suffi-
cient to touch the public prints in a most sensitive spot, and to
call forth the most violent protestations on the part of the Dem-
ocratic journals of Mississippi. On the other hand, the Whig
journals were driven to declare that while they were opposed to
immediate annexation, and while they denounced as "mummery
and nonsense" the notion of annexation being made a paramount
issue of the campaign, yet if it could be shown that England or
any other European power had any designs upon Texas, they were
ready to join hands with their Loco-foco brethren in appealing
to arms to repel the ambitious designs of any foreign power. It
is an interesting fact that, while the great body of slaves within
Mississippi as in other States of the lower south were owned by
the Whigs, the most vehement protests against England's sup-
posed abolitionist designs came uniformly from Democratic jour-
nals. The Mississippi Free Trader, one of the chief spokesmen
of Democratic interests, complained that practically the only op-
"Garrison, Dip. Car. Teas., III, 951.
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