Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 75 of 119
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to cause his ships to perform all the duties of a fleet of observation, and to
apprize the Executive of any indication of a hostile design upon Texas, on
the pairt of any nation, pending the deliberations of the Senate upon the
treaty, with a view that the same should promptly be submitted to Congress,
for its mature deliberation. At the same time, it is due to myself
that I should declare it as my opinion, that the United States having, by
the treaty of annexation, acquired a title to Texas, which requires only the
action of the Senate to perfect it, no other Power could be permitted to invade,
and, by force of arms, to possess itself of any portion of the territory
of Texas, pending your deliberations upon the treaty, without placing itself
in an hostile attitude to the United States, and justifying the employment
of any military means at our disposal to drive back the invasion. At the
same time, it is my opinion that Mexico, or any other Power, will find in
your approval of the treaty no just cause of war against the United States;
nor do I believe that there is any serious hazard of war to be found in the
fact of such approval. Nevertheless, every proper measure will be resorted
to by the Executive to preserve, upon an honorable and just basis,
the public peace, by reconciling Mexico, through a liberal cohrse of policy,
to the treaty.
WASHINGTON, May 15, 1844.
WAR DEPARTMENT, May 13, 1844.
SIR: I have the honor to transmit to you, herewith, copies- of all the
orders issued from this department since it came under my charge, for the
'movement, disposition, and conduct of any portion of the military forces
of the United States, with the exception of an order restoring to Fort
Kent, in the State of Mafine, one company of artillery, and one other
order.transferring from Detroit two compInies of infantry, for the purpose
of establishing a fort at Copper harbor, on the southern shore of Lake Superior.
Those two unimportant movements of troops were made without
conference with you, and with a view to the border condition of those two
I further report to you, sir, that, at the time I directed the general order
No. 14, of the date of the 11th of last month, to be issued, there were theht
in garrison at Fort Jesup, as you will perceive by the order itself, seven
companies of the 2d regiment of dragoons, acting as riflemen, and recently
authorized by an act of Congress to be remounted.
The sixteen companies of the 3d and 4th regiments of infantry constitute
the additional force ordered, under my instructions, to be moved
towards the border of Texas. They were taken from Jefferson barracks,
near St. Louis, where, as a reserve, they constituted a school of instruction
and practice, and held ready to be transferred at any time to the frontier,
in any case of emergency.
The orders from this department have increased the force at Fort Jesup
and near Natchitoches to twenty-three companies, amounting to about
eleven hundred and fifty men.
I have the honor to be, sir, with high respect, your obedient servant,
Secretary of War.
To the PRESIDENT.
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