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State by any policy which he introduces into the administration,
then did George Washington greatly misconceive what
that policy ought to be, in the legacy which he left to his
The annexation of Texas has been the settled policy of
the government for many years past. But it has been only
one of a series of measures which have constituted that policy.
Perhaps it was the one most difficult to accomplish,
and therefore the longer delayed, that all the initiatory
steps might be more firmly taken. There have been those
in the Free States, who have watched the progress made
with unsleeping vigilance, and who have more than once succeeded
in defeating the scheme for the moment, but it never
has been laid aside. It never will be laid aside until it is accomplished.
Time will be given to remove from the scene
the most powerful opponents, or to soften the roughest obstacles.
But the thing will be done, peaceably if possible,
forcibly if necessary. Let no man in the Free States hug
the delusion that it is stopped, because two thirds of the Senators
cannot now be found to ratify Mr. Tyler's treaty.
There are many ways in America to arrive at the same result.
If one fails, another will be tried. Money, promises,
bribes, threats, will be used, bargains will be made, and the
end of it will be, that unless they interfere with a voice of
thunder to prevent it the people ,f the Free States will be
sold, and Texas will be bought for the bauble of the Presidency.
now there is living on the banks of the Hudson river
an individual, the chief merit of whose political life is to be
found in the fact that he, as President of the United States,
refused to negotiate a treaty like that which John Tyler
now proposes. The recollection of that act, at this time,
weighs heavily against him and his hopes of again reaching
the station which he lost. He. has, tirough his friends,
bargained away much that the Free' States deem valuable,
the right of petition, the protection of home industry, the
freedom of speech,, and, indeed, almost every other security
to literty, for the sake of assuring himself of the support
of th; Southern States. They. are not yet satisfied.
They require the surrender of all opposition to Texas, and it
is to be feared that this also will be sacrificed to them. For
instead of meeting half way the generous feelings of four fifths
of the people of the Free States, indignant at this secret
manoeuvre of John Tyler's, the Legislatures of at least three
States friendly to Mr. Van Buren, have cooly determined in
. ilence to await the issue. We were not disappointed in this
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/4/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .