Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 95 of 119
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tion as to the anrexation of a part of its territory to that of the United
tates will be discussed; and that such a measure, if catried into effect,
cannot be considered by Mexico in any other aspect than as a direct aggression..
what has been said, the Secretary of State will have seen that
reference is here made to the department of Texas, an integrant part of
the Mexican Republic; and the undersigned would consider himself as
questioning the understanding of the Secretary of State, if he should proceed
to demonstrate the rights of his Government to the above-mentioned
department. For the same reason, he will confine himself simply to reminding
the Secretary of State of the existence of a treaty by which the
United States of America acknowledged the sovereignty of Mexico over
the said territory; and although subsequently Texas, in consequence of a
revolution, excited, as every one knows, by citizens who emigrated from
this country, proclaimed its independence, and this independence was unexpectedly
acknowledged by the United States of America, the Government
of the undersigned immediately protested against such recognition,
and declared that it would not, ih any way, affect the rights of Mexico.
Thus the undersigned, in consideration of the reasons above exposed,
and relying on the good judgment and enlightened patriotism of the next
General Congress of the Union, not less than'on the integrity of the worthy
Magistrate who now presides over the destinies of this Republic, trusts
that, for the sake of justice and of the friendly relations of two adjoining
nations, which have so long existed in peace, the design above indicated
will not be carried into effect, but will rather be regarded with indignation
by the legislative body. But if, contrary to the hopes and wishes entertained
by the Government of the undersigned, for the preservation of the
good understanding and harmony which should reign between the two
neighboring and friendly Republics, the United States should, in defiance
of good faith and of the principles of justice which they have constantly
proclaimed, commit the unheard-of act of violence (inaudito atentadothe
expression is much stronger than the translation) of appropriating to
themselves an integrant part of the Mexican territory, the undersigned, in
the name of his nation, and now for them, protests, in the most solemn
manner, against such an aggression; and he moreover declares, by express
order of his Government, that, on sanction being given by the Executive
of the Union to the incorporation of Texas into the United States, he will
consider his mission ended, seeing that, as the Secretary of State will have
learned, the Mexican Government is resolved to declare war so soon as it
receives information of such an act.
The undersigned flatters himself, nevertheless, with the idea that the
circumstances which have occasioned this note will disappear completely,
and that.the Government of the honorable Secretary of State of the United
States of America will employ, at the proper times, all the means in its
power to frustrate the said plan, thus saving its own good name, and displaying
promiinently the principles which ought to chbtacterize a Government,
free, enlightened, and just, in its political transactions.
The undersigned repeats td the Secretary,
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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/m1/95/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .