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those same States-have appea e'to affrdgrounds for doubting the sincerity
and frankness of the co ndt dhtait po0werful Republic with regard
to the 'Mexican nation, although they were bound together by treaties, such
as are-esteemed sacred in the -inercourse and relations of civilized States.
This assertion has found a plaacin the series of historical truths; and, under
this view alone, it is recalli by the Mexican Government with the
deepest regret, and because, in approaching theevent which is anticipated,
it is indispensable to refer to the most lamentable circumstances which
have preceded it. The recognition of the independence of Texas by the
Government of the United Stat s, which served as an example, and even
as a stimulus to similar recognitons by some Governments of Europe, was
on the toint of altering the existing good understanding and harmony; and
it must be considered as a grqet sacrifice to the public peace, and to the
friendship professed towards th United States, that the Government of the
Mexican Republic should have:contented itself with making a proper protest
against the act, in order tlus to preserve the rights of the nation, its
dignity, and its hOnor. From the moment when his Excellency the Provisional
President took the reins of the Government, he has condu6ted himself
according to the laudable miixims, that Government should be as firm
in the purpose to be just in their foreign relations, as in demanding justice
whenever aggressions are committed against themn, such as may place in
jeopardy those rights which they are bound to preserve at all cost. The
HOln Waddy Thompson is the best witness to show that his Excellency
the President hasi condemned the dark policy of national antipathies, and
has dOne all in his power to render the conduct of Mexico towards the
United States consistent, honorable, and cordial, in order that no wellgrounded
motive of complaint might ever exist, and that no breach might
be made in the existing stipulatidns; and it is likewise notorious that it has
been sometimes necessary to subject the nation to great sacrifices, in order
to keep its engagements inviolable. It likewise appears that the Government
of the United'States, in reciprocity for this uniform system, is bound,
for the glory of its own name, to remove all causes of injury to the welfare
of the two nations which may present themselves.
The Mexican Government has collected sufficient evidence, published in
aburdance by the American press, that a proposition is to be submitted to
the deliberations of the Congress of the United States at its ensuing session,
to incorpOrate with them the so-called Republic of Texas; and although
his Excellency the President hopes that an authority so circumspect will
defeat a design so unjust, and an attack so decisive on the rights of the
Mexican nation over that territory, he has ordered the undersigned to declare
to the Hon. Waddy Thompson, with the view that he may submit it
to his Government, that the Mexican Government will consider equivalent
to a declaration of war against, the Mexican Republic the passage of, an
act for the incorporation'of Te cas with the territory of the United States;
the certainty of the fact being sufficient for the immediate proclamation of
war, leaving to the civilized world to determine with regard to the justice
of the cause of the Mexican nation, in a struggle which it has been so far
The colonists of Texas, generously received by the Mexican nation,
entered into that country, and rose in insurrection, under various pretexts,
but with the declared intention to wrest that territory from its lawful possessor;
and as to Mexico, they never lost their character of subjects, while
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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/m1/90/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .