Memucan Hunt to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 17, 1836

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Memucan Hunt to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 1836

it is very necessary for the accomplishment of this end, that the

proposition be acted upon previous to the expiration of Presi-

dent Jackson’s term of service. I felt curious to know, and have

ascertained from undoubted authority, that Mr. Van Buren

is under a written pledge, in a private letter, to advocate the

annexation of Texas to the U.S. I learn that Genl Harrison and

Judge White, the other two candidates, for the Presidency, have

a similar disposition. Neither of these gentlemen, however, if

the subject is not acted upon until one of them may come

into office, will be able to wield the influence in its behalf

which President Jackson can. The Northern States will oppose

the connection with great warmth, the South will advocate

it with equal spirit. The Abolitionists are all against us of

course, but the locality of three of the non-slave holding States,

(viz: Ohio, Indiana & Illinois) is such as to justify the belief

that they will be with us; and with their aid, which if not

given immediately may be expected eventually, we shall

become a part of the United States. As a citizen of Texas

I feel deeply solicitous that the connection be an early one, being

impressed that to defer will only be to increase the violence

of the opposition in this country to the connection—a connec-

tion which I think will guarantee for future ages the exist

ence of domestic slavery, and happiness and prosperity to

Texas and the slave holding States in the U.S., and the per-

petuity of a Republican form of Government for their citizens,

I may almost be allowed to say, for always; for with the ex-

istence of domestic slavery, such as is in the United States,

and Texas, I believe at no time or under any circumstances

would their citizens consent or permit any other than the

Republican system. Take from us, however, this property, which

I believe is in jeopardy without Texian Independence

and a connection with the U.S., or at any rate the slave

holding states of this confederacy, and our people, like the

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Memucan Hunt to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 17, 1836.. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #462, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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