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of the real position of the question, so far as this Government is concerned.
Texas has, for some time past, been in a condition to need the aid and protection
of some stronger Power. She ought not to have doubted that the
sympathies of this country were altogether with her; but the want of power
in the Government has prevented it from doing any thing effectual in her
favor. She has been forced, therefore, by a sort of necessity, to look to
other quarters for that aid which hitherto she has failed to receive from
us. Hence, she has listened the more readily to the overtures of England,
and is probably at this time in some degree committed to that Government.
If this be so, it is not surprising that her Government should hesitate,
in the present state of its information, to make any further movement
towards the annexation of that country to the United States. If it were
certain, or even strongly probable, that the measure could be carried in
our Congress, I cannot doubt that it would gladly be acceded to by the
Government of Texas. But so long as the success of that measure is very
donbtful, in the opinion of that Government, it is quite natural that they
should be disinclined to hazard the friendship of other Powers, and particularly
of England, by an appeal to the United States, which might not
I have little doubt that these are the views of the Texan Government.
I have for some months past anticipated that they would be so, but I have
not until very recently felt authorized to give such assurances as I can
now give, calculated to influence the policy of Texas, upon this point.
With a view to enable you to do this, it is proper to put you in possession
of the following facts.
The failure of the proposition heretofore made by Texas for admission
into our Union should not be allowed to influence her present course. At
that time the question was not understood in this country. It had not been
canvassed, even by leading politicians, much less by the people at large;
and the consequences dependent upon it were not then developed as they
now are. If the proposition could have been placed at that time in the
light in which it is now seen, there would have been no hesitation upon
the subject. Indeed, it was then regarded rather as a question of time
than any thing else; for I am well assured that a majority of the people
of this country have always considered the annexation of Texas to their
territory as an event that tmust happen, sooner or later. At all events, no
other question can grow out of the failure of the first proposition than one
of mere etiquette, or national self-respect. I have anticipated and provided
for this. Supposing that Texas might feel some reluctance to renew
a proposition which had been once rejected, I have invited her, through
her charge at Washington, to enter into negotiations upon the subject. A
copy of my note is enclosed.
It is possible that the Government, and perhaps the people of Texas,
may feel that they have sustained some wrong from the United States, in
the matters of Colonel Snively's command and of certain proceedings touching
one of their custom-houses on the Red river. This Government has
not forgotten those subjects, nor has it been insensible to their importance.
A decision in regard to them has been delayed from necessity, but every
thing which could be done has been done to assure the Government of
Texas that this Government never meditated nor authorized any wrong
of any kind to the dignity of Texas, or the rights of her people; and that
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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/m1/44/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .