History of Texas: From Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846, Volume 2 Page: 441 of 584
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ANNEXATION-POSITION OF TEXAS.
ject, will be defeated by a large majority. So confident am I
that this will be the case, that I am anxious you should be
prepared for it, and not take any course for Texas which may
create new embarrassment in the negotiation or legislation
which will be necessary to carry into effect the measure of annexation."'
public feeling in Texas at that time was perhaps well
expressed in General Houston's reply to the above communication:
" The moment I received your last letters, I did not
respond to them, because I wished to await the further developments
which have since taken place. I announce to you
with pleasure that Texas is free from all involvements awd:
pledges; and her future course, I trust, will be marked by a
proper regard for her true interests. My decided opinion is,
that she should maintain her present position, and act aside
from every consideration but that of her own nationality. It
is now the duty of the United States to make an advance that
can not be equivocal in its character; and when she opens the
door, and removes all impediments, it might be well for Texas
to accept the invitation."t
Texas, now finding herself alone--abandoned by the land
of her origin-turned to the " lone star," the beacon of former
victories, and, with a proud though wounded spirit, determined
to make it respectable. There was one consideration, however,
that still withheld her arm: she was well advised that the voice
of the American senate was not the voice of the people. Every
state in that Union was represented by citizens in Texas; and
from MIaine to Louisiana their friends assured them that Polk
would be elected, and all would be well.
Mexico received with pleasure the news of the rejection of
* Jackson to Houston, July 19, 1844.
f Houston to Jackson, December 13, 1844.
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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/m1/441/: accessed April 18, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .