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from setting up any thing in opposition to it.

By the resolutions of annexation it is

provided that "the territory properly included within

and rightfully belonging to the Republic of Texas,

might be erected into a new State, to be called

the State of Texas." A condition was coupled

with these that "the Government of the United

States should have the right to adjust all questions

of boundary that might arise with other Govern-

ments." We might justly insist that this con-

dition should be construed strictly; for that such

is the rule no one will deny. Still, give to it

the greatest possible effect, and we are yet unable

to bring the adjustment of the question of bound-

ary between Texas and the General Government,

in this instance, within its scope, for the reason

that so far as this boundary is concerned, there

can arise no conflict at all.

The object and purpose of this reservation in

the resolutions cannot be misconceived. It was

asked on the one hand and yielded on the other,

in order that the Government of the United

States might not have to approach the settlement

of her actual or prospective difficulties with

Mexico, clothed with only a qualified and

imperfect power of adjustment. In a spirit

of confidence which she hopes never to have oc-

casion to regret, Texas constituted the Federal

Government her agent and trustee in the ad-

justment of her boundary. And had that

Government, induced by any of these high

considerations of justice or national policy, in

exercising that trust, deemed it proper to yield

a portion of the territory claimed by Texas, remote

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Wood to President James K. Polk, October 6, 1848, Santa Fe Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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