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neighboring power. Mexico had protested against the recognition
of Texan Independence, carried through, as it had
been, in the manner already described; but she had also offered
to remove all reasonable grounds of complaint on the
score upon which General Jackson had endeavored to press
the two countries into war-the claims for indemnity to private
citizens. No other pretext, therefore, remained to save
the United States from the odium of incurring the war to justify
its own wrong done in Texas. Mr. Van Buren did not
feel himself seated firmly enough to encounter the fary of
such a tempest as this would excite. He directed Mr.
Forsyth to decline the offer of the Texan government, made
through Mr. Hunt. And in his refusal he distinctly assigned
as the reason, that the Mexican government might consider
such an act as tantamount to a declaration of war. Even
Mr. Senator Walker, in his pamphlet, is obliged to confess,
which he does with singular disinterestedness, considering
that he is and has been the " Magnus Apollo" of the Texans,
that "in 1837, within a few weeks or months succeeding
our recognition of the independence of Texas, and before
her recognition by anly foreign powers, it (that is the annexation
by treaty) might have subjected us to unjust imputations,
and therefore it might have been deemed inexpedient
under such a time and under such circumstances." The
italic letters belong to Mr. Walker, and not to us, and we
agree with him in every thing affirmed or implied in the sentence,
excepting in the statement that the "iniputations" to
which we should have subjected ourselves would have been
What MIr. Van Buren would have done under other circumstances,
or what he will do if he should again get into
power, we shall not undertake to pronounce. We judge no
man excepting by his acts, and under the same rule, we are
willing to give him all the credit which his conduct in this instance
deserves. At the same time, judging him by all of his
acts taken together, we must confess that we have no confidence
in his discovering any obstacles to this treaty of annexation
which the people do not themselves most distinctly furnish
to his vision.
Let us now return to Mr. Senator Walker, who appears to
think that the difficulties in the way of reannexation, as he is always
pleased to call it, which existed in 1837, are now removed.
" But now," he says in his pamphlet, " when seven
years have elapsed since our recognition of the independende
of Texas; and she has been recognised for many years as an
independent power by the great nations of Europe, and her
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/23/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .