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the standard of revolt ? By foreign Governments espousing their
cause? No, it has been conquered by citizens of the United
States, in violation of our laws and of the laws of nations. We
have filled the ranks which have wrested Texas from Mexico. In
the army of eight hundred men, who won the victory which scattered
the Mexican force, and made its chief a prisoner, not
more than fifty were citizens of Texas, having grievances of
their own to seek relief from on that field. The Texians in
this warfare are little more than a name-a cover under which
selfish adventurers from another country have prosecuted their
work of plunder."
On this point, I may further quote the remarks of Mr. SWIFT,
a member of the Texian legislature last year, in the debate on the
expediency of withdrawing the proposition for the annexation of
Texas to the United States. That gentleman, after having said
Ihis constituents "were opposed to the withdrawal of the proposition,"
added, " there was another reason of some importance
that had a bearing on the question. The withdrawal of the proposition
would crush the hopes of thousands of emigrants from the
United States, who were daily pouring in upon our shores, buoyed
up by the anticipations of a speedy union of this country with the
one they had left. Whence," he emphatically asked, " in any
future time of need, are we to look for that aid which had enabled
us to roll back the tide of Mexican invasion, and hold out defiance
to the tyrant of the west? Will it come from England ? Will
England marshal her chivalry on our prairies, or open her thunders
upon the Gulf, in response to our call? No ! To the people
of the United States are we indebted for what we have achieved,
and for being what we now are." Here is a confession at once of
the inherent weakness of Texas, the atrocious means by which it
has been wrested from Mexico, and the pole-star which guides the
citizen of the United States to that splendid countrly-annexation
to the Union.
I shall say nothing of the characters of the principal men who have
figured in this revolt, the HovsToNs and BURNETS, the INGRAMS,
and POTTERS, the FANNINS and BAKERS, the HAWKINSES and
ROBINSONS, though I find them branded in the most respectable
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Scoble, John. Texas, its claims to be recognised as an independent power by Great Britain : examined in a series of letters, book, 1839; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6108/m1/13/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .