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answerilng thle material question entirely. But there is reason
to believe that this letter was not xvithout its effect in bringing
about a modification of tlhe couirse of the President, so far
as to mlake that a secret aid clandestine transaction, which
was designed to have been announced in his message to Congress,
at the coltrmmencement of the sessioin.
Another of Mr. Walker's reasons whly the case is not now
the same that it was in 18S37, is, that he independence of
T1exas " is now recognized by the great lnations of Eiurope,
antd her sovereignty filly established and fully acknowledgedi,"i
wlilicl it was not at tlhat time. The argument, then,
is sollmeitilt i ofI this sort :-Texas nwas not (qulite assured of
her ilt(dcpei)det'lnc i1n 837, and therlore, collnsidri g Iher pecuiliar
cirlcustantces, it was not advi .isa.le for ius to take her
unde r potir cto n 1 at tlhat time, l ien shie m110s t leeded it.
But ilnow that she is rvwell estalAised, indep)eindent, anid hlas tihe
sulppo rt of foitrign nations, is jtlst tlie ioment for her to
ease t to be so, for tlit salke of joiiing us. Surely, if' Texas
b} now able to go oi al(n.e, counllttellna as s te is by the
rca "t pwVt eofs of Irope I ti er ane are mny relsons wlhy tlhe
LiiteCld States sliould join to sustaiiin Ier ill tlt policy instead
of temptingi he,r to ad1opting an opposite one. ()One of the
strotigest is, tiat it would( be the Ieals' of comllpletely avoiding
tlie imlttation of any stclih motives or unworthy designs
as 'Mr. 'Utiphr i llmmedliately p erceivetd in (eneratl Alnonte s
letter ; prot)ably L ecase l is ion conscience n was tlie monitor
that i madeiiiti watc tl fBr thIem there. IlThere will not
be ay qut lestion e lreatfter made of t!ie disin terestedtness of
tie Unitedl States, if tiiie slll sl s iw tliat tlhy lIave i no10
way gained wliat seels a benefit to t herse lves ,y tlie secession
of Tiexaso fr'om 1exico i ll y, if e coi lstler tatiny
portio ns of tie policy of tie gover nent as it ihas been attenmpted
veryl fiaiitly to d(lilna it iit l tlesie paiters, the good
iitl ()f' tli( coI(try st;iIa iin r(ait ncttld of some s uch utltimate
justification as thiis il tle y:ie, of tlie world. Surely, nothing
would at tlis momenlltt igo ;lrther1 to save o1 hlistory frolm one
of its Imost unflortlumte pages than a deterrmination now made
to be fr'iendly to Texas, exactly as iwe are fiiedtlly to every
otihr lnation of the globle.
Lfo:tIinf,:lxrtitely, ti)wt ever, fr hmltl tle tlnd of IMr. Walker's
pami)plht"let contradici.icts t:li. :btc.gillnnillg. ih'tis cou3ltry of' T3'exas,
wVIlose indleplpe(delll e u. is now so fSilly rectognizld by the
grexat natiols of liEluro l and t er sovt'ereiglnty so fully establiSljt(I"
o0I the seventh page turns out on tie ninetecnthl and
twctntitl h pag;es to be "i )power too fee ILt) to guard her rigilts
as a neutral Ipower." i Tih HI1ag otf .E 'igland will soon f1oat
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/25/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .