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American people, who wish their country to be conducted in the path of
honor, justice, and reason ?
The undersigned, therefore, does not know to what to attribute the not
very decorous language (lenguage poco decoroso) which the honorable
Secretary of State has employed in saying that the observations (advertencias-,warnings)
of the undersigned are unnecessary in the communications
which he may in future address to the Department of State, and in declaring
that the Government of the United States is under no necessity to learn
from that of Mexico what is due to its own honor or to the rights of other
The undersigned has also observed, with regret, that the honorable Secretary
of State, in the conclusion of his above-mentioned note, declares
that his Goverment has not, in time past, done any thing inconsistent with
the just rights of Mexico. The undersigned is grieved to be obliged to.
think far otherwise; and, although he might on this occasion demonstrate
the injuries which his country has received from the United States, he will
dispense with doing so, because his intention is not to revive old circumstances
of difference, nor to irritate feelings, but to reconcile and tranquillize
them as much as possible.
In conclusion, the undersigned considers it hlis duty (secr6e en el caso) to
repeat to the Secretary of State, in order that he may be pleased to communicate
it to his Excellency the President, that neither he nor his Government
have intended, and that it should not have been supposed that
they would have intended, to cast imputation (agraviar) upon the legislative
body, and much less to admonish the Executive as to its duties. His desires
have tended solely to the. maintenance of the peace and harmony
which ought to subsist between two neighboring and friendly nations; and
though the undersigned has declared, by express order of his Government,.
that war will be the inevitable consequence of the annexation of Texas to
the United States, he certainly has not done so with the object of intimidating
the Government of the honorable Secretary of State, but with the
view of showing how far Mexico would carry her resistance to an annexation
of that nature. And, in truth, the honorable Secretary of State should
not regard this as any other than a very natural feeling; as it is most clear,
that if Mexico or any other Power should attempt to appropriate to herself
a portion of the tetritory of the United States, the latter would not consent
to it without first appealing to arms, whatsoever might be the result to
which the fortune of war might subject them.
The undersigned has the honor to ,renew to the Secretary of State the
assurances of his very high and distinguished consideration.
J. N. ALMONTEF
Hon. A. P. UPSHauR,
Secretary of State.
Mr, Upshur to General llnmonte.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, December 1, 1843.
The undersigned, Secretary of State of the United States, has the honor
to acknowledge the receipt of the letter, of the 11th November, addressed
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