Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 12, 1847

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Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 1847

Mexico into our union. It is not that


I distrust the wisdom of our representative


principle, but that I fear its forced


and premature application to a people which


can neither understand nor obey it.

The masses of Europe enlightened


by our example are already requiring


an extension of their privileges. This is the


just effect of our past moderation and


it will continue as long as we make


our ambition consist in improving what


we have and not in a desire to


become greater by conquest. As long


as we point to our moral improvement


as the standard of our national glory,


crowned heads will give up their pretexts

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Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 12, 1847. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3654, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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