James Reily to Sam Houston, December 27, 1843

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James Reily to Sam Houston, December 1843

“Private”

Houston Decr 27 1843.

Dear General

I do not suppose that you will consider


the reflections contained in this letter of much im-


portance, but they have been induced by the position


of our affairs both foreign & domestic. Our Congress


has before it resolutions for annexation to the United


States, and which I suppose will carry. In your speech


here you declared that if England deserted us, the


policy of Houston must sink. The proposition to annex


if presented to the United States by our government


will drive England that has been of service


from us, and annexation must occur, or the United


States guarantee our independence against the


world or we are left in a worse condition than


ever before. That p[o]rtion of Tyler’s message referring


to Texas will have no good effect transatlantic


for it will be deemed as unfortunate. You have


oferred [sic] negotiations with England & her interference


has been of use. To the United States


by treaty we never can be annexed. This is my firm


& settled opinion. This then I would recommend as


the policy to be observed. The resolution should be


carried conditionally, that the U.S. made the first


move. I would rather it should be carried too


over your veto. Your minister at Great Britain with

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James Reily to Sam Houston, December 27, 1843. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3237, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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