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Texas to the United States. On this point, I shall feel myself
lound, if elected, to obey the will of the peopl o As a citizen,
however, I am free to say, that I ,a in fatcour of annexation, and
wdll d(o all iln mly power to effect it wiith the least possible delay.
Mr. H. JACK, who for a time officiated as Secretary of State, and
was then proposed as a candidate for tile legislature, in a letter
dated 5tl August, said,-" I am1 decidedly and anxiously in favour
of annexing Texas to the United States-I consider it tile ' rock
of our salration,' and a consummation of happiness most devoutly
to be wished for."
The question of annexation was then submitted to the people
and decided by a vote of 3279 to 91 in its favour. Accordingly,
we find President IIorsTox, who lad been just elected to office,
holding tlhe following language in his inaugural address:-" A
circumstance of the highest import will claim tle attention of tile
Court of Washington. In the election which has just transl)ired,
the important subject of annexation to the United States of America
was submitted to the consideration of tile people. They have
expressed their feelings and their wishes on that momentous
subject. They have, with a unarlimity unparalleled, declared that
they iill be reunited to the great rclpblican family/ of the north.
"The appeal is made," he continued, " to a willing people. Will
our friends disregard it? They have already bestowed upon us
their warmest sympathies. Their manly and generous feelings
have been enlisted in our belllf. We have been cheered by the
hope that they will receive us to a particilaney of their civil, political,
and religious rights, and hail us welcome into the great
family of freemen. Our misfortunes have been their misfortunes;
our sorrows, too, have been theirs, and their joy at our success Ilas
On the 4th of August 1837, General HUNT, in conformity with
his instructions fiom tlle Texian Government, addressed a letter
to the Secretary of the United States' Government, proposing
the annexation of Texas to that Republic; and on the 25th of
the same month received its reply which, like most other State
documents, might be read any way. The Texian Legislature
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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/m1/50/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .