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sion that she must receive a forin of government from a
neighboring State surely makes our wronig the greater in substituting
ourselves as the sovereign in lieu of the rightful one.
How can a government cede a territory by a treaty without
possessing the powers to carry that treaty into execution ?
But this very treaty denies to the government such powers because
it annihilates it at the very moment that it should begin
to exercise tlhem. Such an ainonaly was never before theaard
of in political Ihistory. We can recollect examples of States
acquired by conquest, and by negotiation, but xe do not remember
one which resolved itself by its own act into its original
eletment, the territory upon1 which it is founded.
Let us put the case in still another light. If the government
of the United States can treat with Texas respecting a
union of the two countries, in aly shape watetver it imay
please to put it, it is equally able to treat witil any other tation
under the s n. Supposing, tS n th tha in the heatt of a
revolution like hiat of France, before the period of its wild
excesses, the national assembly of that or anty other turopean
p tpl( sihould send over tlambassadlors to the Unxited
States, to treat respecting a tunion of the two countries. Supposing
that a President should be foind ready to negotiate with
theim, and a Legislature, one or botl branches, prepared to
sanction a treaty thus made. Sti1ppos)in thlat one of the
conditions should et tile translfer of tie seat of govern'meit of
thie twso counutries to solile coitollnl celtre, somlewhere o1i an
islatnd, if suchii could be found, sittluatel ad Iha 'ay between
tlem. Supposing that Johln Tyer, like Sat uetIl lHouit t ,
should consent to have his powe tr annihllatedl, aid a tFre,. c
President over the tNwo conttries set over lis laad. W\ olt d
it then be pretended by any i 'nian beinWrg tilatt eithelr ti t' resident
or Congress would hav'e been exerc isin powers gr ated
underlt the constitutiton ? Yel it wouI d be d. iti
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/30/: accessed November 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .