Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 87 of 119
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proved by the President. When the agreement entered into by them was
w lubmitted to the President of Texas, he declined approving it. Referring
to'Texas as a department of Mexico was a -sufficient reason for its prompt
rejeetion, and precluded all possibility of official action under it.
The hegotiatiobs having thus terminated, and this agreement being held
to be null and void, there is at present no subsisting arrangement of any
character between Mexico and Texas.;
.The undersigned avail themselves of this occasion to offer to Mr. Calhoun
renewed assurances of their distinguished consideration.
ISAAC VAN ZANDT.
J. PINCKNEY HENDERSON.
Extract from the message of the President of the United States to the two
Houses of Congress, at the commencement of the 1st session of the
28th Congress.-December 5, 1843.
I communicate herewith certain despatches received from our minister
at Mexico, and also a correspondence which has recently occurred between
the envoy from that Republic and the Secretary of State. It must be regarded
as not a little extraordinary that the Government of Mexico, in anticipation
of a public discussion, which it has been pleased to infer from
,newspaper publications as likely to take place in Congress, relating to the
annexation of Texas to the United States, should' have so far anticipated
the result of such discussion as to have announced its determination to
visit any such anticipated decision by a formal declaration of war against
the United States.: If designed to prevent Congress from introducing that
quiestion, as a fit subject for its calm deliberation and final judgment, the
Executive has no reason to doubt that it will entirely fail of its object.
The Representatives of a brave and patriotic people will suffer no apprehension
of future consequences to embarrass them in the course of their
proposed deliberations. Nor will the Executive. department of the Gov.ernmdnt
fail, for any such cause, to discharge its whole duty to the country.
The war which has existed for so long a time between -Mexico and
Texas has, since the battle of San Jacinto, cQnsisted for the most part of
predatory incursions, which, 'while they have been attended with much of
suffering to individuals, and have kept the borders of the two countries in
a state of constan.t alarm, have failed to approach to any definitive result.
Mexic* has fitted out no formidable armament by land or by sea for the
subjugation of Texas. Eight years have now elapsed since Texas de-clared
her independence of Mexico, and during that time she has been
recognised as a sovereign Power by several of the principal civilized States.
Mexico, nevertheless, perseveres in her plarns of reconquest, and refuses to
-recognise her independence. The predatory incursions to which I have
alluded have been attended, in one instance, with the breaking up of the
courts of justice, by the seizing tipon the persons of the judges, jury, and
officers of the court, and dragging them along with unarmed, and therefore
noll-combatant citizens, into a cruel and oppressive bondage, thus leaving
crime to go unpunished, and immorality to pass unreproved. A border
warfare is evermore to be deprecated, and over such a war as has existed
for so many years between these two States humanity has had great cause
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