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ANNEXATION OF TEXAS.
ance between herself and Texas. She might have offered bounties
upon Texan cotton; she might have colonized her with emigrants
- she might have made her peace with Mexico; she might
have lent her-money; she might have endeavored to undermine
her slavery; she has done nothing of all these things that she
might have done. If these six years had been well employed
under the guidance of such a policy, and without resistance on
our part, annexation would already be impossible. That they
have not been so employed, is conclusive proof that Great Britain
entertains no designs hostile to the independence of Texas,
or prejudicial to the interests of this country. It is very possible
that some of the English Anti-Slavery Societies may have shown
a disposition to intermeddle in the affairs of Texas. But this is
wholly distinct from any governmental action, and while we are
daily holding Repeal meetings and hanging O'Connell juries in
effigy we perhaps cannot with a very good grace find any great
fault with the unofficial (though very officious) intermeddling of
private individuals in foreign countries.
On the other hand, Texas cannot be colonized by England without
her own consent, and are we really to suppose that the new
republic, peopled by the sons of the West, more instinct perhaps
with " the fierce spirit of liberty" than any other citizens of this
Union, is ready to reduce itself to colonial vassalage, to receive
governors, armies, and surrender itself to the legislation of England
1 The idea is an insult to Texas and to common sense. It has
been said that Texas cannot exist without attaching herself to
some-greater power. Why not We have abulndant assumptions
on this subject, but very little argument. Texas is not threatened
by any foreign power. She scarcely needs a government. All that
she requires is the guaranty of this country that she shall not be
oppressed by the European powers, and that guaranty she possesses
in our own interests. Whether as a sister State, or as a
foreign State, she will be a formidable rival to the planting
States of the Union, and in many respects it is more for her interests
not to annex herself to any other power. In many respects
it is certainly the interest of those States that Texas
should not be fostered by the Federal government. Whatever is
done for her, is evidtently at the expense of the southern States,
which produce similar products on inferior soils. " It is only necessary,"
said a report of a committee of the Legislature of Tennessee
last year, " that the ground should be assumed and maintained
of non-intervention by any trans-atlantic power in the domestic
institutions of 'l'exas."
That the commercial relations of Texas and England may hereafter
become more intimate, is indeed possible, though this depends
on ourselves but, are we to seize upon all the territory on
the Gulf of Mexico that ca offer cotton or sugar itr exchange for
the manufactures of England 1 Texas is only a portion of the
coast bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. The Mexican provinces
.t.f Ti.maul . "V ra cr -abasco' a~nd Medida , the Republic of
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Sedgwick, Theodore. Thoughts on the proposed annexation of Texas to the United States, book, January 1, 1844; New-York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2387/m1/27/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .