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into the Union new States, which should be ft rmled out" (that
is, beyond tile lirnits) of the territory for whicll, anfd under
wlhose authority alone,tey tihe e tlel acti ng. do not believe
it was mteant that they minght receive England, Ireland,
Holland, ss, took phlae,
It was, lowever, but !ie ce^sIon of a erril orv by a overnInl'It
of tie old, to one in the .n1few r (ild ; t i fit l not ilnvolve
the question whetler oie 4overni t m itelf cold cetde itself,
or anotlier acept of sucl a csaion, t'.1 e I 1ited States assuiXmed
the terriiorial ri.l ts, su}:1jeet to no existing tpoliticat
conditions, on tie par ofi' the sall numiber of people who
occupied tle 'lands. Tey agreed ito c.wripcati. e tlem into
the Uniotn wiei r thety sIcild bon'CIc nui'erous C lloieL to
organize a State; bult in tle intervals the a,ur'cti t't t:iltmselves
the unlimited rihit of re'pliatin t : .ri , tn
parcelling out for sae fle uthe uOce(l pier : i 1idi. 1Til plxputatiocl
tliat has been since adnliitted i;io I,e nioiin, 'as tilts, in a
great tdegr,ee, drawn froit the orlcgiral . .taes, by e ndu cemenlits
p'resented ii the niew lands d the prospect of i continuanc
e i i tie 'oyinet of all the privl gs of citlzeiship.
It ihaed T lneve ir volunltriy expatriate itself I t Ilhd nIer undertaker,
by virtue of suci ejxptiatiion, to eercise' iiiliep('dent
powers of govei'rniett iiiinolui to our 1aws, nor had it
ever ceased to be amelnable to or autloorit..
The'secase of 1exas is of a very d(if;iiirent h't kindL, I xas
claims to be an indlelpendent :,\:creigrtnt ; ti t 'Irited SIttes
admrit that she is onMe. She applies to be 4:admitted 1 to t e
Union ; she does not propose to ced(cti territor)y nlrely. Sc e
proposes to come in at once, and to exercise. such r:ights of
citizen;ship as l slehall beforend insist ipon securing to hlerself,
by conditions to be agreed tpon. Thle lUnited States,
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/28/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .