Andrew Jackson Donelson to Ebenezer Allen, December 10, 1844

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Andrew Jackson Donelson to Ebenezer Allen, December 1844

of the influence necessary to action in either country


should prevail. The rejection of the Treaty by


the Senate of the United States was calculated


to create the belief here that the measure had


been lost, and it was natural that this Govern-


ment acting for the best interests of the Republic


should be looking to the alternative measure


called for by the abandonment of all hope


of its incorporation in the American union.


To correct this erroneous influence, the undersigned


has been authorized to allude to the failure


of the Treaty as affording no evidence of the


abandonment of the measure by the Government


of the United States, and to the public sentiment


as developed by the canvass for the Presidency,


as justifying the confident belief already


expressed, that if the measure is to be defeated, it


will be for the want of the necessary support from


Texas herself.

In this state of the question, then, it cannot


be necessary for the undersigned to dwell upon


the anxiety of the Government that Texas


should maintain the position consistent with its ultimate


success. If the disappointment of her wishes


thus long has been productive of injury, as it


doubtless has, in retarding the settlement and

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Andrew Jackson Donelson to Ebenezer Allen, December 10, 1844. United States Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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