Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 5 of 119
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On motion by Mr. Berrien,
The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. Allen, Atherton, Barrow, Bates, Bayard, Benton, Clayton, Crittenden,
Evans, Fairfield, Francis, Haywood, Hutntington, Jarnagin, Johnson,
Mangurn, Miller, Moreliead, Pearce, Phelps, Porter, Sinmmons, Tappan,
White, Woodbridge, Wright.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. Archer, Bagby, Berrien, Breese, Buchanan, Colquitt, Fulton,
Hannegan, Huger, Lewis, McDuffie, Sernple, Sevier, Sturgeon, Tallmadge,
So the resolution was agreed to, as follows:
Resolved, That whereas the annexation of the Republic of Texas to
the United States is a subject of great importance, on which the will of
tlhe people of this Union ought to be consulted ; and whereas the treaty
for that annexation, now before the Senate, is of great moment, and there
is nothing in said treaty, or the documents accompanying it, wliich requires
the further observance of secrecy, and, resting as it does upon its own peculiar
circumstances, cannot be drawn into precedent for different cases in
time to come: therefore, the injunction of secrecy be, and tthe same is hereby,
removed from said treaty, and all documents and papers in relation
thereto, now before the Senate.
IN SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, APRIL 22, 1844.
Read the first and second times, referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, and ordered to be
printed in confidence for the use of the Senate.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
To the Senate of the United Slates :
I transmit herewith, for your approval and ratification, a treaty, which
I have caused to be negotiated between tlhe United States and Texas,
whereby the latter, on thie cotditions therein set forth, has transferred and
conveyed all its rignt of separate and independent sovereignty and jurisdiction
to the United States. In taking so important a step, I have been influenced
by wrhat appeared to nme to be tile most controlling considerations
of public policy and the general good ; atd in having accomplished it, should
it meet with your approval, the Government will have succeeded in reclairning
a territory which formerly constituted a portion, as it is confidently
believed, of its domain, r.nder the treaty of cession of 1803, by France, to
the United States.
The country thus proposed to be annexed has been settled principally
by persons from the United States, who emigrated on the invitation of both
Spain and 5Mexico, and who carried with theml into the wilderness which
they have partially reclaimed the laws, customs, and political and domestic
institutions of their lative land. They are deeply inldoctrinated ill all the
principles of civil liberty, and will brinl along with tlhem, in the act of reassociation,
devotion to our Union, and a firm and inflexible resolttion to
assist in maintainilng the public liberty lunilnpaired-a consideration which,
as it appears to me. is to be regarded as of no small moment. Thie country
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