James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 29, 1844

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James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 1844

Washington City


May 29th 1844

My Dr Genl


Mr Choate in his speech


in opposition to the ratification of the


Treaty last week took the position that by


ratifying the Treaty they would be giving to


the President & Senate power to declare or


at least adopt a war inasmuch as Texas and


Mexico is still at war &c and said that the


only legal and proper way to annex Texas under


the circumstances would be to do it by joint


action of both houses of Congress. Mr. Mc-


Duffie immediately introduced a joint reso-


lution to annex Texas, adopting the Treaty


as the terms upon which Texas is to come


in. The resolutions were offered in secret


ession but it is said they are of the character


above stated. Most of our good friends think


they will pass but I must say I cannot think


so as they to pass must get all of the democrats


and four Whig votes in the Senate. Benton


& his four followers it is said will vote for


the resolutions. They may do so and probably

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James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 29, 1844. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3485, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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