The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975 Page: 270
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Carolina, had disappeared prior to the Mexican War. South Carolinians
seemed willing to fight for Texas and the Rio Grande, although Waddy
Thompson and a few preferred to halt at the Nueces." Though many found
California and New Mexico desirable, they were ambivalent about acquir-
ing territory beyond the Rio Grande because of the Wilmot Proviso. They
knew the annexation of heavily populated lands south of the Rio Grande
would be detrimental to the South's slave interests, and they feared this
might also be true of California and New Mexico. Near the end of the
war South Carolina public opinion turned almost unanimously to Calhoun's
defensive line policy. Fortunately for Polk, the Mexicans agreed to peace
terms before the administration felt it necessary to withdraw troops from
the Mexican heartland.
44There was an occasional voice for the Nueces boundary. See "Alliance" in Charleston
Courier, November 26, 1847, and Waddy Thompson, ibid., January 7, 1848. Thompson
wrote under the name of "Lowndes." H. W. Conner to Calhoun, January 17, I848,
Calhoun Papers (Clemson).
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