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If the United States preserves and secures to Teas the possession of her
Constitution and present form of governmen-t, then have we gained all that
we can desire, and also all that 'exas asks or wishes.
Now, see,inog the length of time that Mexico ihas been engaged in a.
fruitless effort to conquer Texas, the vast injury which such a protracted
.state of things has inflicted upon our commerce in the Gulf, the inter.
ference of England in the strife between these two Republics here on our
border, secretly endeavoring to persuade one nearest to and immediately
adjoining the United States to give up to the other, and surrender her independence.
and civil, political, and religious liberties, to a Roman Catholic
country ; the impossibility of Mexico's ever being able to pay off to Englana
the forty or fifty millions debt claimed by England as due for many
years, unless Texas is again added to Mexico, and perhaps after such addition
transferred to England in full payment of the debt-seeing that this
surrender of sovereignty by Texas to Mexico at once liberates all the
slaves in Texas, and that England thereby gains all she wants, and more
than she ever expected, can the Government of the United States longer
,doubt what to do?
Pardon me; I am warm on this subject. Ought not the United States
1o say at once to Mexico: you shall keep this contest open no longer;
you are by so doing inflicting serious injuries on the commerce of the
United States; you are enticing and inviting the intrigues and interference
of foreign Powers, who have no business or concern here, or right to intermeddle
in this matter; you have had eight years to conquer Texas;
you have tried, and always failed; and we now demand, peremptorily,
that you at once acknowledge the independence of Texas, that these evils,
which we have borne long enough on your account, may cease. Let the
United States do this, and she gains every thing-England nothing.
Excuse the warmth of my feelings. I have gone too far to give my
advice. But I have only stated what I know to be the wishes of the people
of Texas. Take this position on the side of the Constitution and the laws,
and the civil, political, and religious liberties of the people of Texas secured
thereby, (saying nothing about abolition,) and all the world will be
With sentiments of profound respect and esteem, I have the honor to be
your obedient servant,
V. S. MURPHY.
Hon. A. P. UPSHUR.
Secretary of State of the United Statesi,
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United States. Congress. Senate. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed, book, 1844; [Washington]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2363/m1/24/: accessed March 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .