Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 12, 1847

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Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 1847

for oppression. But the moment it can


be alleged with truth that our ambition


has the weakness of other systems, the influence


of our past history will be weakened, and


Europe will say that our Republicanism


is an accident, the result of material


and not of permanent moral causes.

Such considerations will compel


me to reject the annexation of Mexico


if it were offered to us as a gift,


without war, and much more if it be


proved that we cannot obtain the


consent of the inhabitants.

But you may say, is Mexico


to be allowed to kill and plunder us


with impunity. Certainly she is not.

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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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