Wood to President James K. Polk, October 6, 1848

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Wood to Polk, Page 6

which it could only be sustained, consisted


in the attacking our army within the territory


of the United States, and the declaration could


only be made true by the assumption that the


Rio Grande was the boundary of Texas, and the


territory East of it a portion of the United States.

And I am certain, that the Government of the


United States will never permit the reproach to


be recorded in history against her, that she


charged Mexico as an aggressor, and visited upon


her with the sword the fearful consequences of an


invasion of her soil, and afterwards when needing


no such pretext and seeking a different end,


she sought to repudiate the very title by which


the truth of her declaration and her justification


before the world could be established; and finally


the Congress of the United States, on the 29th day of


Dec. 1845, and by which the act of annexation be-


came final, accepted and ratified our State Constitu-


tion by which "all laws and parts of laws now


in force in the Republic of Texas, which are not


repugnant to the Constitution of the United States,


the Joint Resolutions for annexing Texas to the United


States, or to the provisions of this Constitution, shall


continue and remain in force as the laws of this


State, until they expire by their own limitations, or


shall be altered or repealed by the Legislature


thereof." This act of acceptance and ratification


cannot amount to less than that the Congress


of the United State recognize in its provisions


nothing against the Constitution of the United


States--nothing in the shape of pretentions which


that body was not willing to admit and endorse.

I have thus presented, as I conceive fairly,

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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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