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CHAP. V.] AMERICAN NEGOCIATIONS.
up that river to the head of its most westerly source;
thence due north until the line shall strike the Colorado;
thence up the westerly bank of the Colorado,
to the head of its principal stream; thence by
the most direct course that would intersect the
United States boundary line at 42 north latitude,
and include the head waters of the Arkansas and
Red rivers.-Third: A line to commence at the
embouchure of the Colorado and continue up the
west bank to the head of the principal stream, and
thence by a line drawn so as to intersect the United
States boundary in 42 north latitude; including
also thle head waters of Arkansas and Red rivers.Fourth:
A line to commence at the embouchure of
the Brazos river, and proceed along its western
bank to the head of its most westerly branch, and
thence by such a course as would intersect the
boundary in 42 north latitude. In return for the
cession of territory consequent on the adoption
of the first of these lines, Mr. Poinsett was authorised
" to go as high as five millions," which
offer was to regulate the scale of pecuniary equivalent
to be tendered for the othler boundaries
The United States had large pecuniary claims,
in the way of indemnity, upon the Mexican government,
which might perhaps have covered the contemrplated
purchase, and the time was deemed
auspicious for the cession. " The comparatively
small value of the territory in question to Mexico;
its remote and disconnected situation; the unsettled
condition of her affairs; the depressed and languishing
state of her finances; and the still, at this
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/427/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .