The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 19
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Texas Annexation Sentiment in-Mississippi, 1885-1844 19
fit of the Northern manufacturer. Texas, on the other hand,
might become a land of uniform taxes, where a "pure system of
free trade might be adopted."48
Expressions of sentiment such as these indicative of indiffer-
ence or hostility to Texas becoming a part of the United States
were the exception, however. Two months before the appearance
of President Tyler's message upon the subject, the Mississippi
Free Trader declared the time had arrived for the United States
to take action in relation to annexation; aside from other consid-
erations, the intrigues of Great Britain must be checked. As in-
dicated above, this was to be one of the stock-in-trade arguments
put forth by the Democratic organs in the State as a reason why
Texas should be incorporated within the Union, and that right
speedily. This same journal deplored the fact that the clerical
and college-bred classes in the United States were under English
influences, the implication being that Great Britain's abolitionist
designs in Texas were by them regarded with indifference. A few
weeks later, the Washington correspondent of this same journal
wrote his paper that the President would deal with the subject
of annexation in his annual message: "The question will pro-
duce a most angry and bitter controversy, sectional and political.
Every man not a political abolitionist will go for it.""
President Tyler's annexation message was published by the Mis-
sissippi papers a few days before Christmas of 1843; party jour-
nals were quick to discern its import touching the question of
slavery; and predicted the hostility of the abolitionists as a mat-
ter of course to the views of the President in regard to Texas.'4
Already meetings of citizens were being held in the State in fur-
therance of annexation."' These were to increase apace with the
coming of the new year. And the burden of the resolutions
passed in scores of such meetings, representing almost every
county in the State, is that without the annexation of Texas, or
with the Southern States hemmed in between the free States on
the northern border with a free State sustained by England on
the southwestern border, "the history of the Southern States
would soon be written.""47
"Issue of December 29, 1838.
"Issues of September 14, 27; November 18, 1843.
"Woodville Republican, December 23, 1843.
"'Weekly Courier and Jaurnal, December 13, 1843.
"Garrison, Dip. Cor. Tex., II, 136; III, 1106.
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