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The People of the United States have been lately'taken
somewhat by surprise upon the announcement that a Treaty
was actually on foot between the American Government and
Texas by which the annexation of the latter to the Union,
the favorite measure of a great party in the country is at last
to be effected. They had scarcely supposed that this question
so lately thought to be put at rest was about to rise before
them again so soon and in so novel a manner. The
newspapers, the usual organs by which events are announced,
for reasons which may readily be understood, long
abstained very carefully fiomn sounding any alarm, and it was
not until the measure was almost upon us that they apprised
us even of its existence. Even since the fact has become
notorious beyond the possibility of contradiction, it cannot be
said that they treat, the subject in the full and open and undisguised
manner which its paramount importance to the
country demands, Th'e great mass of thinking people are
not led fully to comprehend what it is that makes this point
one of such deep interest to carry in some quarters of the
Union, and in others to resist, nor aie they prepared by the
momentary and evanescent censure which they find now and
then passed upon it to devise a plan of action which shall
stop the whole movement, while there is time.
And when we say movement, we do not mean by this
simply the effort of John Tyler to finish the scheme by what
the French would call a "coup de main." That is merely
the end of what has been in the process of accomplishmnent
for years back. IMr. Ilolnies of South-Carolina said in his
place in Congress, that the annexation of Texas was "the
settled policy of the g,()ernment." His remark was full of
meaning; but how few ate there in thl Free States, who have
been led to give it a moment's colsideration ? His remark
may go somewhat to illustrate the motives of the appointment
of Mr. John C. Calhoun to the Department of State, and
yet the newspapers of the Free States.of all parties seem to
hail that appointment, as if it was the announcement of a saviour
to the nation. If Mr. Calhoun is likely to save the
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/3/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .