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

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Memucan Hunt to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 1836

rest of the world, will degenerate—the poorer class into the

menial and servile offices of life, and the rich into lords

and masters. Our eyes should be steadily kept upon the

political attitude in which we shall be enabled to leave [lead?]

those who may follow us. The fanaticism of the world is

daily increasing upon the subject of domestic slavery, and

believing as I do, that Almighty God intended, and by His

divine wisdom approves this domestic relation, (in proof

of which we have almost countless in wholy [sic] writ,) I

am unwilling to survive the period at which it ceases to

be, and for a non-connection with the U.S. to bring upon us a

hazard if not these consequences, is not improbable; and

with the lights we have before us the omission to take

such steps as are best calculated to keep up our domes-

tic relations, is, I conceive, a disregard of such actions

and principles as are best calculated to promote the

best and happiest relations, and the purest system of

Government which the wisdom of man has been en-

abled to devise. I held an interview with one of the

ablest and most influential journalists of this country, Mr.

Ritchie of the Richmond Enquirer, on the subject of an-

nexing Texas to the U.S. He asked me what would pro-

bably be the conditions proposed. I of course said I did

not know, but that, the admission of part of her territory as

one state, and the limits of two other territories defined, to

become States so soon as they attained a certain popu-

lation, and the payment of the national debt, would be, I

imagined, satisfactory. He seemed to assent willingly to

such demand on the part of Texas. But should we be

enabled to get but one State, (without territorial limits

defined for the admission, of one or more other States, when

the territories attained certain elements to be stipulated in

any treaty or sale which we may make to the U. States for

Texas,) we had

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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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