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erai; Cngress of' thi' thiited Staies has already bee -occupied with fhie
subject of the annexation of Texas is not :only not destitute of foundation,
but most positive proofs of it have been obtained:; and it is not, therefore,
one of' those anecdotes' whit6h editors are in the habit of intr'diicing into
their oiewspapers, in order to re'der them imore pleahsing; it is a thing certaiiin-host
certain,, nless the publications of the eilightencid John Qincy
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Ad amis, and thie opposition made and now in preparatiori agaitist this project,
at the hIead of which that peirsonage stands, be fables.
To insist on what is positively known, that the States of the South are
promotintg and agitating the aggressidis upon Texas, would be an offiece
to the enlightenment and judgment of Mr. Th'ompson.
The probabilities are, that the ConDress at Washington will again take
up this affair at its next session, .rd that the reason, justice, and dircumspection
of a body, which, from its nature, proceeds with the utmost caution
(niadurez delieration) in affairs of less importance, will frustrate
pretensions based solely on private interests. The undersigned hopes,
with good reason, from the principles of jistice which ought to preside
over the deliberationsthe the Congress of the United States, that it will
hever listen to suggestions, nor to private interests, detrimentalto the law
of nations and international law; but as it may happen that ambitioi and
delusion mlay prevail over ptblic propriety, that personal views may triumph
over sane and just ideas, and that the vigorous reasoning of Mr.
John Quincy Adams and his co-laborers may be ineffectual, how can it be
considered strange and out of the way that Mexico, under such a supposition,
should announce that she will regard the annexation of Texas as an
act of declarationi of war? Mexico, therefore, does not threaten, and still
less does she provoke and excite; what she says is that which cannot be
denied to her: that she will regard the annexation of Texas to the United
States as a hostile act, inasmuch as this act involves a violation of the law
of nations, and particularly of international law, by its infraction of the
first article of the treaty of April 5, 1831, published in Mexico in 1832,
which says: "There. shall be a firm-, inviolable, and universal peaee, and
a true and sincere friendship, between the United Mexican States and the
United States of America, in all the extent of their possessions and territories,
and between their people and citizens, respectively, without distinction
of persons or places.'
Mexico has always taken carfe to fulfil her stipulations, because she
knows what she owes to other nations; but she wishes, also, that what is
due to herself should-be observed 'and maintaintaed; and if on these princiciples
she has protested, and does protest. she does in this no more than fulfil
an obligation which is peculiar to her si overeignty and independence, without
proposing, ever so distantly, to intimidate or to warn, but to show
what isiproper for,her to doo.
The' undersigned herewith repeats to the Hon. Waddy Thompson the
assurances of his most distinguished consideration.
J . . M. DE BOCANEMGRA.
'Hon. WADDY THOMPSON,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
of the United Stales of ,.america.
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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/m1/93/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .