Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson Donelson, April 9, 1845
the [sic] event of their purchasing our lands that they should not
(without the consent of the State of Texas) sell to, or permit to
settle within the present limits of Texas, any nation, people or
tribe of Indians.
That Texas should pay her national debt.
That the United States should remunerate the citizens
of Texas whose lands fell within the United States boundary
in running the line, in the same manner and with same
liberality that Texas did those of the United States—or that
they (the United States) pay them for their lands which had
been located on valid titles issued by the Government of
Mexico, and at a time when it was believed the limits of
Texas would embrace the locations previous to running the
And I would recommend that an article be inserted in
the agreement, stipulating expressly, that Texas should not
form a part of the Union, until her constitution is accepted
by the Congress of the United States.
I candidly conceive that these stipulations are ne-
cessary and proper to secure Texas and her citizens, as
well as to enable the United States to maintain peace
with all the Indians on our borders.
I have thus hastily written you a long letter, sub-
ject to frequent interruptions. You may therefore find my
meaning in some things obscure. I have not even
glanced at the general policy of the measure of annex-
ation; but have given my views as to the mode of its
execution, and what appears to me necessary to be done
by the parties. I must confess, that I have not been free
from embarrassment on the subject. I have felt so deeply
for my venerated and highly valued friend, the sage of
the Hermitage, that nothing but a most sacred regard for
my adopted country could have induced me again to thus
express my opinions upon this subject. The feelings of Gen.
Jackson are so much absorbed in the subject of annex-
ation, arising from his views of the importance of the
measure to the United States, that he has, very naturally,
not been fully able to regard Texas as forming a separate
Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson Donelson, April 9, 1845. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3627, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.