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to withdraw the proposition. The people directed it to be made,
an(d would, if necessarv, direct it to be withdrawn." Mr. BRANCH
was in favour of annexation. A large portion of the people of the
United States were also in favour of it. Mr. SWIFT obsered :"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 anticipation of a speedy union
of this country with the one they had left. Wlence, he 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 fioml England ?
.No ! To tlhe )eo2)le of the United States are we in(dete1d
for wlilt we have achicedl, and foir beiwnf what we no, 20are."
This, then, is the position of Texas; and can we, in the face of
acknowledged facts, witll such a confession of her own weakness,
and the admission that she relies on external aid to support her
pretensions to independence, recognize her as a sovereign State ?
If the reasons adduced last yenr were valid for non-recognition,
they are valid now; the position of Texas is in reality mun
3. AND WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE UNITED STATES IN
REFERENCE TO THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS. I need not here
recal to the recollection of your readers tlie repeated attempts of
the federal government to get possession of that fine country, and
that they would have accomplished their purpose long since, bhlt
for fear of a double war witli Great Britain and Mexico. But
they bide their time. The great Northern Republic is watching
like the eagle for her prey; and will again entertain the proposal
of the Texian republic and its legislature, for annexation. This
is the common opinion held in the United States, and so great
is tle alarm felt by the fiiends of liberty in New York on the
sulject, that a circular has been issued by them, calling upon the
public to pour in petitions to Congress against it. After having
adverted to the consequences of annexation, that it would involve
war with Mexico, if not with this country; that it would open a
large slave market, and thus give a new spring to slavery in the old
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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/m1/31/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .