Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 98 of 119
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said by both is-not without foundation, it will be sufficient for the undersigned,
without need of reference to other circumstances in proof, to cite
the exposition on the subject of the annexation of Texas, made on the sd
of March last by thirteen members, among whom is found the respectable
name of the Hon. John Quincy Adams, ex-President of this Republic.
Since that time, articles have been constantly appearing in the newspapers
of the South, and especially in the official journal of the Government,
in favor of the annexation of Texas ;respecting which, the latter paper has
gone so far as to say, that it (the annexation) is of such importance that
the individual or-individuals who may contribute the most to effect an
object so advantageous for the Union, and so anxiously desired by the
lexans, will receive the applause of the country, now and hereafter. It
is very possible that these expressions may have been written without the
knowledge of the Secretary of State, and the undersigned desires to believe
it so; but, in truth, presumptions indicate the contrary.
The Secretary of State, moreover, seems to consider it strange that the
Government of the undersigned_should not have hitherto made any inquiry
of him as to the facts upon which his protest is founded; thus giving it to
be understood that he is ignorant of any project being entertained (entre
"manos-in hand) for the annexation of Texas to the United States, or that
it is in contemplation (se trate) to submit such a question, to the deliberations
of the ensuing Congress. The undersigned would highly value a
formal declaration to that effect on the part of the Secretary of State, in
order to be able to,transmit it without delay to his Government, as it would
show, in a most unequivocal manner, that if any one in the United States
be engaged in machinations (maquire) against the integrity of the Mexican
territory, the Executive of the Union is entirely ignorant of it. The un^dersigned
can assure the Secretary of State that such a declaration would
be highly important and satisfactory for his Government, and that it would
contribute effectively to preserve unalterable the' relations of friendship
which actually exist between the two countries. In fine, the protest which
-the undersigned has made has been conditional, that is to say, it applies to
the case in which the Government of the United States should, contrary to
the expectations of the Mexican Government, unfortunately carry into execution
the act against which the protest is directed.
The second misunderstanding coinsists in the supposition that the undersigned
has meant to point out to the Secretary of State or his Government
in what manner they (it) should fulfil their (its) duties, and take care of
their (its) reputation. The undersigned has taken upon himself no such
office. What he has set forth in his note is the hope which animates him,
' that the circumstances which have occasioned it (the note) would disappear,and
that the Government-of the honorable Secretary of State would employ
at the proper times all the means in its power to frustrate the project
of the annexation-thus saving its own good name, and displaying prominently
the principles which ought to characteiize a Government free, enlightened,
and just in its political transactions." Nothing more is here
manifested than a desire, a hope, (or expectation.) Whence could the
honorable Secretary of State, then, have drawn the inference that the undersigned
meant to admonish his Government as to the course which it should
pursue ? (el manejo que debe observar.) Does not the Secretary of State
see that the undersigned has done no more than second the desires of the'
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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/m1/98/: accessed June 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .