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Memucan Hunt, Houston, Texas, to Honorable Thomas Walker Gilmer, 1843 March 21

 Item — Box: 5, Folder: 1
Identifier: id131927

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Commends him on the publication of his letter concerning the annexation of Texas; regrets, however, that he does not hsare Gilmer's hope in a quick resolution; states that the inaction of the US on Texas' proposal for annexation caused them to withdraw the offer; notes that the desire for annexation was not derived from fear of Mexico; discusses the problems with the US tariff and custom house system; repports that although many in Texas have now dropped their support for annexation, there remains a majority who favor it; discusses the problems Texas has had raising revenue and the recurrent Mexican treat; states his alarm at the economic situation where many people are moving out of Texas with fewer coming in; believes that "the President is humiliating the Texan nation and himself by counting and relying upon foreign (British) intervention for the establishment of peace;" discusses the possibility of Texas freeing its slaves; believes that if Texas does not become a part of the US, it will fall under the influence of a European power, namely Great Britain; refutes the argument that annexing Texas would be unconstitutional; suggests that Texas be admitted by a Joint Resolution of Congress rather than by treaty to avoid the necessity of a two-thirds vote in the Senate. 8 pp. ALS.


  • Creation: 1843 March 21


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From the Collection: 6.00 Linear Feet : 17th and early 18th century materials are photocopies.

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