History of Texas: From Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846, Volume 2 Page: 437 of 584
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CLAY AND VANI BUREN ON ANNEXATION.
the untimely death of Mlr. Upshur), and sent by President Tyler
to the American senate for ratification.
At the time this treaty was presented to the senate, there is
little doubt but a majority of the people of the United States
--and a large majority-were in favor of its ratification; but
the senate, generally deliberate, grave, and just in its conclusions
and advice, was at that time greatly agitated by the approaching
presidential election. The popular voice in the
United States, though slow in finding utterance, will always in
the end be heard. This voice was more potent for annexation
than the grave senators believed it to be. Of the two parties
into which the people of the Union were divided, Henry Clay
was the idol of the whigs, and the embodiment of their principles.
Martin Van Buren was the favorite of the democrats;
and it was confidently expected that they would each be nominated
by their respective parties at the approaching conventions-that
of the whigs to be held at Baltimore, on the 1st
of May; and that of the democrats at the same place, on the
27th of the same month. They were both called upon for their
views on the subject of annexation. Mr. Clay made public his
opposition to the measure in a letter dated at Raleigh, North
Carolina, on the 17th of April. Mr. Van Buren soon followed,
taking the same position. So soon as these letters were published,
those acquainted with the party ties which bound senators
and citizens to their political chieftains were satisfied that
the treaty would be rejected in the senate. Yet in the discussion
in that grave body the influence of the public voice was
manifest; for those whose party relations urged them in opposition,
took that ground with a saving clause: they were in
favor of annexation in the abstract, but the way, the form in
wlich it had been brought up, did not suit them.
The whig convention nominated Mr. Clay on the 1st day of
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Yoakum, H. (Henderson K.), 1810-1856. History of Texas: From Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846, Volume 2, book, 1855; New York. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2386/m1/437/: accessed April 17, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .