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sovereignty fully established, and fully acknowledged, there can
be no objection to such a treaty at this period." From all
which we can only gather that this gentleman thinks Mexico
is now barred of her claim by a sort of statute of limitations
interpolated into the law of nations like that which runs against
the recovery of small debts with us. But with all due deference
to the gentleman, it is not exactly what we think in this
case, that should be our guide, but what the world will think
and justly think, too. Does the delay of seven years alter in
any respect the nature of one of those peculiar " circumstances"
to which Mr. Walker so significantly alludes as making
the act inexpedient in 1837 ? Does it in the least modify
the objections of Mexico to the measure ? We have the
best reason to know that it does not. For the Mexican government
and the Mexican Minister, General Almonte, more
keen-sighted than most of our news-mongers in Washington,
appear to have got a scent of the negotiation proposed by
Mr. Tyler as early as in August last.
On the 23d of that month, Mr. de Boccanegra, the Foreign
Secretary of Mexico, addressed a note to Mr. Waddy
Thompson, the Minister of the United States, in which he
in quite a spirit of foresight, alluded to the fact that a " proposition
would be submitted to the deliberation of the Congress
of the United States" at the present session, " to incorporate
with them, the so-called republic of Texas," and he went on
further to request Mr. Thompson to announce to his government
that Mexico would consider the adoption of such an act
equivalent to a declaration of war, "leaving" as he says, " to
the civilized world to determine with regard to the justice of
the cause of the Mexican nation in a struggle which it has
been so far from provoking." Not content with this notice,
General Almonte, the Mexican Minister at Washington,
wrote on the third of November a letter to the Secretary of
State, Mr. Upshur, in which he says that this annexation,
" if carried into effect, cannot be considered by Mexico in
any other aspect than as a direct aggression." " He moreover
declares, by express order of his government, that on
sanction being given by the Executive of the Union to the
incorporation of Texas into the United States, he will consider
his mission ended; seeing that, as the Secretary of
State will have learned, the Mexican government is resolved
to declare war so soon as it receives information of such an
act." This is surely plain spoken enough. Mr. Upshur, to
be sure, took the matter up in a very high strain, and affecting
to consider his country insulted by an imputation which if
not merited would scarcely have required notice, he evaded
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/24/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .