Speech of Hon. Wm. Lowndes Yancey, of Alabama, on the annexation of Texas to the United States, delivered in the House of Representatives, Jan. 7, 1845. Page: 6 of 14
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where do Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri, question in this light will be disembarrassed of
three of the sovereign States of this Union, now a doubtful issue. Antecedent to the fornmation
stand? Are they not within the constitutional of the Mexican Conlederacy, but two powers
limits of the Federal Union ? And has not the claimed sovereignty over the province of Texas,
shield of that glorious instrument ample room to wit: Spain and the United Stales. In 1819,
and verge enough to cover those young States? the United States ceded whatever rights and
The gentleman from M.lassachuseits has for years claims it had to Spain. The Government of
legislated on this fi;r upon the rights and inte- Spain, however, was prevented irom perfecting
rests of those Stat-s-has collected taxes from its title by the protest oi Texas, and the consetheir
citizpns- has :sumed and exercised juris- quent revolution. After r peated and ineffectual
diction ovcr the vast landed domain within their attempts to subdue that and her othr revolted
limits. Wl,-nce did! he derive the power and the provinces, Spain acknowledeed thoir independright
to do :.-, if rot: from this very Constitution, ence in 1836. These facts clearly dispose of tha
which he ; .,vs is limrited in its action to the bonn- title of the only two powers claiming allegiancd
dary of ti,. :iepublic when it was formed? of Texas, prior to ihe confederacy formed in
And -.et thb..- Sta:
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Yancey, William Lowndes. Speech of Hon. Wm. Lowndes Yancey, of Alabama, on the annexation of Texas to the United States, delivered in the House of Representatives, Jan. 7, 1845., book, 1845; Washington. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2415/m1/6/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .