The National Vindicator. (Washington, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 18, Ed. 1, Saturday, December 23, 1843 Page: 1 of 4
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etary pi state. it muscle regnrua.as.not aiutie
extraordinary that the GoyemnicntiotiMexico in
anticipation of a discussioh-vhich- it has been
pleased to infer from ueuripaper publications as
likely to take place in Congress" relating to thenn--nexation
of Texas to the Utii ted States should:
have so far anticipated the result of sucli discus-
sion as to announce its determination to visit any
-such'anticipated decision by a formal declaration
of 'war againsrthe ITufted iStates. If designed
to prevent Congress from introducing that ques-
tion; as a fit subject for its calm .deliberation and
final' jtidgement the Executive has no reason to.
aouoi mat it win entirely tail pi its ooject. rne
Tepreientatives of a brave and patriotic people willi
unerno apprenension or luture consequences to
embarrass them in the course of their proposed de
iiberatibus. Ntir will the Executive. Department
of-the GoverhmatVt fail or any such causetodisr
charge i& whole dnty fo the country.
The war which has existed for so long a time
between Mexico and Texas has since the battle
of Satt--Jacinto consfsl'ed lor the-most part of pre-
jdatb'ry incursions which while; they have been at-
enuea wiiuiuucu oi suuenng 10 inaividuatsj ana
'have kept the borders of the two. countries in a
staUf constant Inarm have failed to approach to
i&&'S?!!' " formidable armam'eii tbyland prbysea. for the sub-t
i?r "' Kfr jugation of Xexas Eilit years have elapsed since
loxas accinreu ner niaepenacnce ot Mexico and
during that time.she has.beeu.xecegaized as a spy-
iiailrerb7 -several oif the 'prtiInalciviliied
.tStes Mexico nevertheless perseveres in her
?'ts plan of re-conquest and refuses to. recognize her
S independence. The predatory incursions to which
I have alluded We been attended in 'one instance
wiUi the breaking up of the Courts of Justice by
the seizjng upon the persons o( the xi4sac-JaD'
and officers of the CourVmid dragging ithem along.
withjinarmed'and therefore hdu-combattant'eiti--
. zensf into -a cruel and oppressive bondage thus
. 1 ' luTingcrime to go unpunished and immorality to
pass unreproved. A border" warfare is evermore
to be deprecated and!oversiich awaras hasexist-
ed.forjso matiy years'betweeu these two states hu-
mantiy" hashad giat cause ta lament. Nor is ;
. suehcondition of things to be deplored only be-
caule orthe Individual suffering attendant upon it.
- Tha effects'are far" mure cxiehsivei The Creator
of-the.3Qnivecse has given man the Earth for his
resting place. aad its fruits for'his subsistence
Whataver therefore shall make the first or any
partofita desolatiou affects injuriously his herit-
age and may be regarded asf a general calamity.
Wars raay'sometirnes be necessary : but ail na-
- tions have a common interest in bringing them
speedily to a cTose. The United States have an
immediate interest: in seeing an end put to the state
of hostilities existing between Mexico and Texas.
They are our neighbors ofthe same continent with
whom we arc not only desirous of cultivating the
relations of amity but of the most extended com-
mercial inlercourie and to practice all the rights
ot a neighborhood hospitality. Our own interests
are deeply involved in-the matter since however
neutral may beonr course of jblicy' We cannot
hope to escape the effects of a spirit of jealousy oil
the part of both ofthe powers.
Nor can the Government be indifferent to the I
fact .that a warfare uchfcis"jvaged'between these ' f
two nations is;calculatedtoj weaken both parties J
and finally to render them and especial ly the wea- J
ker of the two the' subject of interference on the I
intent only in advancing their owu peculiar1 views ;
.-nay sooner or later aUempt to brin? about a com- I
. ' pliance with terms as render thb. cohdiUon of
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ucit iuicijiuuuojiiteaerpgai;oryKto the nation
granting them and detruuental to the interests of
tb United States. We conlH not he ovnonMi
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"fsei !M?rig.igw exas is separated from
Ae United States by a mere geographical line that
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if Colonial denendence and established
ntfependeht'Gibvernmehts: and Great Britiacli
terhavih? wasied1 hor energies in the altemfo"
subdue them for alcss period than Mexico ha
t.mnrifi r .nh.iifrniA 'imviic in run liTiciinm isi.
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justice to acknowlcdge.iheir independence thereB
recognizing(the obligation which rested on her as
one of that familv of nations.
An example thus set by one .of the proudest and
most : powerful nations of the earth it could in no
Wav msnarasfe 7Mcxico i'o imitate. While there
fore the Executive wolild deplore any colision with
Jiexico or any .u.siuruuuuuui iue irumuiy iuwuuiw
which'exist between1 the. two countries it cannot
permit that Government to control Its policy what-
everitTnaybe towards Texas but will treat her
as by the recognuioh ''o'f her independence ihe U.
diaies long since ucciarea iney woum uuus en-
tirel v indenendenf ofMexico.. High obligations of
public duty 'enforce from the Constituted authorities
of the United States a policy which the course per-
severed in bv Mexico will have 'main IV contributed
to producey and the Executiyb in such a onliii-
gency will with confidence ifirow' himself upon the
patnoiisrii'ofthe pepple-lo suslnin the Govercraent
in lis course of action t
Meajure of an unusual character have recently
been adopted by the Mexican Gpvernmentcalcu-
latcj in no smajl degree 'to. effect the trade of other ;
nations with' Mexico anfi to operate injuriously on
the U. States. All foreigners by a decree ofthe '
23d Sept. and after sixraonths from the day of pro-
mulgation tare forbiddetf to; carry on4 the business
of selling Dy.retaji'anypods within the confines of
Mexico. Against this decree our Minister has not
failed to remonstrate. ' iS
The trade heretofore carried on by our citizer
with Santa Fe in .which much capital was aire;;
invcstedfnniwJrrohas i betwiiiiugprganyTrTCrea.
ing-importance hasVudiieniy been arrested by a
decree of virtual prohibition on the part of the Mex-
ican Goverhment. Whatever may be the right on
thepartof Mexico to prohibit any particular course
of trade to citizens or subjects of other powers this
late proceedure to say the least of it wears a harsh
and unfriendly aspect.
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Johnson, Thomas. The National Vindicator. (Washington, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 18, Ed. 1, Saturday, December 23, 1843, newspaper, December 23, 1843; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth80374/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.