The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986 Page: 180
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they might have won their gamble on a Big Texas. But still the idea per-
sisted-in the few Texans who opposed annexation, in the noisy group
that threatened to withdraw from the Union over the boundary dispute
of 1850, and in the growing southern nationalism of the decade that
Had Hamilton lived only four years longer, he would have seen the
culmination of that idea in secession and in the formation of the Con-
federate States of America. And he would have had the satisfaction of
seeing it bring an end to the public career of his old enemy Sam Hous-
ton. Consistently, Houston supported the idea of the Union, and in
1861 he resigned as governor rather than abandon it.
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