The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 291
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Donelson's Mission in Behalf of Annexation 291
bill recommended by this committee was adopted and promptly
signed by President Jones.67
Since Donelson did not think that it would be necessary for
him to remain in Texas after the Texas Congress had accepted the
American proposition, he had asked permission of Polk to return
to the United States. Polk, however, wrote him that he did not
consider it safe for him to leave Texas, as the assent of the existing
government was but the initiatory step in accomplishing the object
of his mission. As the measure would not be beyond danger
until it had been accepted by a convention of the people, it was,
therefore, very important that the "minister of the United States
should be on the spot ready to counteract any influences or in-
trigues which might be brought to bear upon annexation."6"
"UAllen to Donelson, June 23, 1845. House Emee. Doe. No. 1, 29th Cong.,
1 Sess., 75-76.
"'Polk to Donelson, May 26, 1845. Tennessee Historical Magazine,
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