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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