Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 12, 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.
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.