The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 24
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and Oregon, they settled nothing.""4 According to the Columbus
Democrat, the issue had been fairly made up and a "majority of
the people have decided that Texas must and shall be annexed.""
"Annexation," declared the Holly Springs Guard, "was the great
and paramount issue of the last campaign."O" A meeting of the
democratic association of Adams county affirmed that the voters
had, in addition to declaring against the policies of the Whig party,
solemnly decided "that the soil and sovereignty of Texas is not to
be left to British cupidity."07 The Ripley Advertiser was con-
vinced that Texas and Oregon were directly in issue at the last
election, a decision being explicitly expressed by the American
The Southern Reformer, upon receipt of the news of annexation,
issued an extra edition heralding the "Great and Glorious Vic-
tory." "It is with feelings overflowing with joy that we announce
to our people the annexation of Texas by the American Congress."
To Robert J. Walker was due the thanks and praise of his fellow
countrymen, "who will hold his action in grateful remembrance
during his yet more brilliant career."6 This was a well deserved
tribute to the man to whom more than to any other the annexation
of Texas was due. In annexation the Vicksburg Sentinel saw the
rebuke of abolitionism and of the spirit that culminated in the
Hartford convention. "The South is safe! The Union will be
preserved !70 In an address to the citizens of Wilkinson county,
Douglas H. Cooper, a politician of some local prominence, spoke
as follows: "The Democrats of 1844 thought the best and in fact
the only way to prevent the designs of England in regard to Texas
was to take that republic under the protection of the United States,
and fight for it afterwards if necessary. Hence in supporting an-
nexation they were asserting and maintaining the great American
doctrine of non-interference, by monarchical governments, with
the affairs of this hemisphere."71 In a eulogy of Polk delivered
'Gong. Globe, 28 Cong., 2 Sess., 221.
"Columbus Democrat, Nov. 30, 1844.
U"Holly Springs Guard, Mch. 19, 1845.
"'Free Trader, Nov. 26, 1844.
"Ripley Ad vertiser, Feb. 22, 1845.
"Quoted by the Brandon Desseminator, Mch. 15, 1845.
""Vicksburg Sentinel, Mch. 11, 1845.
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