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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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