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over it as a British province, carved out of the disimembered
valley of the West." ' cBut even if not a dependency or a
colony, England, as she always heretofore has done in the
case of neutrals, would seize upon her soil, her coast, Ier
harbors, her rivers, and our and her Indians, in hier invasion
of the valley of the West; and tie only certain mreasure of
defence and protection is the re-annexation of Texas." Suchl
is the statement of the condition of T1exas, when it suits Ir.
Walker to cotnsider her as not so well established, nor her independeIce
so filly recognized. Her condition is, then, not
yet much changed trom what it was in 1837. If this be
grantted, tn have the e teexicansl reasonable ground for Ihope
that they miay yet get back their territory, providede tiat we
do not commitn a lostile act by taking possession of it ourselves,
in the name and on th application of tlhe insurgents.
In which case, we clearlyh bretk otr trlaty i ithl a power with
which we are at peace, b(r thel sake of an acjuisittion of territory;
or in otiler worls, the ' circui'nstantces whiell Mr.*
Walkler speaks cf as forbjidding the act in 1837, remain in
statu qiuo in 1844. Inbl ot utble Opiniot, tlere is no getting
azay fiom t1llis dillemma. Eliter Texaas can maintain
her independence or sie cannot. f she can, then woul(d it
be perfectlV sate, anEd very creditable to the Union, to sustaii1
ier independlent attitudel. If she cannot, then Mexico
has a right to comltain of o r hostility if we take from hier the
chance of recove ring l er territory.
We have now gone thIrouglh with the rmost mater Ia part of
the history of our relations with Texas a and exico, nd we
confidettly ciallenge any impartial person to re'view it, and
then deny tlhat there is a broad difiirene eoere teable b)etween
the early and late policy of iti govternmen t on tiis subject.
Tt'ile adminnistratiot of Mr. A tEdams souglt to. ac(qluire the Ilad,
free from arny and every inclunbrance with which it is "now
loadedtl, in a fiair, open, anti honorable ianner. lTh at of his
successor stim.ulated the people of the United States to go
and take possession of it under the cloak of anity, a,nd theln,
by.every artifice, endeavored to wrest friomt the iands ofa
nation, witl Whilil we professed to be at peace, te te trrixtory
whi ch they oebstiately refused toe cede of their own accord.
)ne of tthe mest striking features of this new policy, was the
establishient of the institution of domesteic slavery, directly in
the face of the Mexican authority l This wtas the commQon
bond esied to keep the insurgents steady to the interests
of the Uni ted States. It is the bond which now holds themi
to the policy of annexation. The rtumor about their seeking
the protection of Great Britain, is only dUesigned to cattch stuch
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/26/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .