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their revolt-having their eyes constantly directed to that splendid
land, as the consummation of their brightest hopes. I
know not that I cal better display the feeling of the entire
south on the question of annexation, than by quoting the
following paragraph from the Frankfort Commonwecalth, a
leading paper in Kentucky, in the interest of MR. CLAY.
It bears date May 2nd, 1838. "For ourselves we have never
for a moment," sa) s the Editor, " doubted the policy which our
Government should have pursued in relation to Texas. We have
heretofore asserted, and we repeat it again, that Texas should be
mada a component part of our couItry AT ALL HAZARDSpeaceably
if .she was willing, anu FORCIBLY IF SHE WAS RELUCTANT."
In addition, it may be mentioned, that the annexation of
Texas to the United States had a warm and earnest supporter in
General JACKSON, the late President of the United States, and his
colleagues in office; and that when the question was formally propounded
to the Government at Washington, by General HUNT,
Mr. Secretary FORSYTH, after admitting the "powerful and
weighty" reasons urged by Mr. HUNT for its annexation, put
only a qualified negative on the proposition, so that it became a
reserved question. The ground upon which the overture of Texas
was not then accepted, was, that its premature annexation to the
United States would be equivalent to a declaration of war against
And now let us ascertain the sentiments of the Texians themselves,
on this important point. In the celebrated letter which
General HOUSTON wrote to General DUNLAP, of Tennessee,
calling for military aid, he said, " There is but onefeelingin Texas,
in my opinion, and that is, to establish the independence of Texas,
AND TO BE ATTACHED TO THE UNITED STATES. In August,
1836, the election of officers to carry on the Texian Government
was held. S. F. AUSTIN was one of the candidates for the Presidency.
In a letter addressed to the Texian constituency, dated
4th August, 1836, he says-" I perceive by the proclamation of
the President, (BURNET) ordering the election, that the people are,
requested to say whether they are in favour or not of annexing
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