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least, not that portion of them who emigrated from thle United States. They
would sooner return to the United States penniless than remain subject to
Mexican vengeance and tyranny.
I assure you, sir, of the very great satisfaction felt, both by the President
and myself, at the zeal and industry which you have displayed in the general
duties of your mission, and particularly in reference to the relations of
Texas with England. It is impossible to be too watchful or too diligent
in a matter which involves such momentous consequences, not only to our
country, but to the whole civilized world. The view which this Governnment
takes of it excludes every idea of mere sectional interest. We regard
it as involving the security of the South, and the strength and prosperity
of every part of the Union. Sincerely believing that the annexation
of Texas to the United States will strengthen the bonds of union
among ourselves; give encouragement and sustenance to our navigating,
commercial, and manufacturing interests; present a foundation for harmony
with foreign countries, and aflbrd us great security against their aggressions
in case of war; we anxiously desire it, as a great blessing to
every part of our country. We cannot anticipate any objection on the
part of Texas. She can desire nothing better than a common destiny with
the United States.
Whether this important measure can be effected or not is as yet doubtful.
In the mean time, you will take all necessary measures to ascertain
the views of the Texan Government and people in regard to it. In connexion
with that object, you will watch narrowly the proceedings of
the commissioners appointed to treat with Mexico. That the influence of
England will be strenluously exerted and seriously felt in the proceedings
of that commission cannot be doubted. To that influence we have great
reason to look with uneasiness and apprehension. I would impress upon
you, therefore, the necessity not only of great vigilance on your part, but
also of the most prompt communication to this department of all the information
which you may be able to obtain. Your own suggestions of
what it may be expedient for this Government to do are not, as you seem
to apprehend, out of place; on the contrary, I shall be glad to receive
-them, and to act upon them, so far as the public interest may require.
Mr. Upshur to M1r. Murphy.
No. 14.] DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Wcashington, January 16, 1844.
SIR: Your despatches by Mr. Abell are received. You are probably not
aware that a proposition has been made to the Texan Government for the
annexation of that country to the United States. This, I learn from the
Texan charge, has been for the present declined.
I am not disappointed at this intelligence. No doubt can be entertained
of the wishes of the people of Texas in regard to the annexation of that
country to the United States. I have the most unequivocal proofs, in a variety
of forms, that they are almost unanimous in favor of that measure.
That the Government, at least in the Executive branch of it, should entertain
different views, may be very reasonably attributed to a misconception
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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/m1/43/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .