The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 58
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equal footing with the original states. . . . Questions deeply
interesting to Texas, in common with the other states; the exten-
tion of our revenue laws and the judiciary system over her people
and territory, as well as matters of local interest, will claim the
early attention of Congress; and, therefore, upon every principle
of republican government, she ought to be represented in that
body without unnecessary delay. I cannot too earnestly recom-
mend prompt action on this important subject."2
Furthermore, December 9, the President transmitted to the
Senate and House of Representatives President Jones's letter com-
municating the duplicate copies of the constitution and the official
information that the constitution had been "ratified, confirmed,
and adopted by the people of Texas."93 Therefore, the question
of annexation was before Congress for its final action. The House
referred these documents to the Committee on Territories, and on
the following day Stephen A. Douglas reported this resolution:
That the State of Texas shall be one, and is hereby declared to
be one, of the states of the Union on equal footing with the orig-
inal states in all respects whatever.
That until the representatives in Congress shall be appointed
according to. an enumeration of the inhabitants of the United
States, the state of Texas shall be entitled to choose two repre-
Protests, petitions, and resolutions against admitting Texas
poured into, the House. Nevertheless, the annexationists showed
a determined effort to force the measure through as quickly as
possible. When a vote was ordered upon the adoption of the reso-
lution as submitted, W. Hunt of New York asked to be excused
from voting, as he had not been allowed the "least opportunity of
debate or amendment on this, the greatest and most momentous
question presented to any congress since the foundation of the gov-
ernment." Despite the efforts to prevent debate, J. Rockwall of
Massachusetts succeeded in getting the floor, and moved to re-
commit the matter with instructions to. bring in an amendment
prohibiting slavery in Texas. After this a long and intricate de-
92Congressional Globe, 29 Congress, 1 Session, 4; Niles' National Regis-
ter (Baltimore), LXIX, 231.
9Oongressional Globe, 29 Congress, 1 Session, 37; Niles' National Regis-
ter, LXIX, 231.
"Congressional Globe, 29 Congress, 1 Session, 40; Niles' National Regis-
ter (Baltimore), LXIX, 230.
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