Address on the annexation of Texas, and the aspect of slavery in the United States, in connection therewith: delivered in Boston November 14 and 18, 1845 Page: 10 of 56
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aware that the vote of Mr. Bagby was not intended to authorize
it, instructed Mr. Donelson to say to the Texan Secretary
of State, that in this way only, and " now or never,"
could annexation be effected,- that with extreme difficulty,
and under extraordinary circumstances, the President had
obtained from Congress the questionable authority to negotiate
upon these terms, and that, if there should be a confelusion
on the part of Texas to vary the terms or to prefer
a treaty, or if in any way the opportunity should be afforded
to the Senate or the people of the United States to act again
upon the subject, -it was Mr. Polk, faithless to his friend,
and false to his country, who, through Mr. Donelson, declared
to Texas that an assent to the annexation could never
By such perfidy, then, as is exhibited without a gloss in
the instructions to Mr. Donelson, by the importunity which
he is directed to use, by the unauthorized pledge which he
is told to give, that all claims of Texas not stipulated in the
joint resolution shall be afterwards satisfied, by the promise
of military assistance to the extent of waging a war with
Mexico, - by such means, have we lived to see the people
of Texas induced to consent to become politically united
with the people of the United States. For the completion
of such a project, by means alike extraordinary and unwvarranted
throughout, we have seen the army and navy of the
United States withdrawn from almost every station within
the limits of our own- country, or within the range of our
commerce, and concentrated upon the frontier and coasts,
or in the immediate vicinity, of Texas. Strange sight as it
has been, we have seen the militia of some of the States
ordered into foreign service upon the requisition of our
army officers, who have thus shown themselves prone to
imitate their superiors in the exercise of power not conferred
by the Constitution or laws. We have seen, too,
last of all, that, under the guise of this negotiation with
Texas, the boundaries of Texas have been settled anew,
and that a large portion of Mexico, notoriously admitted to
be and occupied as her territory, is most surreptitiously and
wrongfully included in the annexation.
Such, since we met in Faneuil Hall, have been some of
the more important proceedings preparatory to the annexation
of Texas, and the final act seems only to await the
sitting of Congress. How do we regard, and how shall we
meet it ? In reference to immediate action, this is the principal
question which we should now consider.
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Phillips, Stephen C. Address on the annexation of Texas, and the aspect of slavery in the United States, in connection therewith: delivered in Boston November 14 and 18, 1845, book, January 1, 1845; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2361/m1/10/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.