History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846, Volume 1

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Page 120 - But as to Louisiana, this new, immense, unbounded world, if it should ever be incorporated into this Union, which I have no idea can be done without altering the Constitution, I believe it will be the greatest curse that could at present befall us; it may be productive of innumerable evils, and especially of one that I fear to look upon.
Page 307 - Indian costume, habits, and associations, by settling among them, in the neighborhood of Texas. That nothing was more easy to accomplish than the conquest and possession of that extensive and fertile country, by the co-operation of the Indians in the Arkansas Territory, and recruits among the citizens of the United States. That, in his view, it would hardly be necessary to strike a blow to wrest Texas from Mexico.
Page 139 - ... concluding they were my country-women, he ordered them to embrace me as a mark of their friendship, to which they appeared nothing loth...
Page 30 - A third rule is, that whenever any European nation has thus acquired a right to any portion of territory on that continent, that right can never be diminished or affected by any other power, by virtue of purchases made, by grants or conquests of the natives within the limits thereof.
Page 30 - The first of these is that, when any European Nation takes possession of any extent of sea-coast, that possession is understood as extending into the interior Country, to the sources of the rivers emptying within that coast, to all their branches, and the country they caver, and to give it a right in exclusion of all other Nations to the same 23.
Page 121 - We can hold territory ; but to admit the inhabitants into the Union, to make citizens of them, and States, by treaty, we cannot constitutionally do; and no subsequent act of legislation, or even ordinary amendment to our Constitution, can legalize such measures. If done at all, they must be done by universal consent of all the States or partners to our political association.
Page 466 - Now is a very important crisis for Texas. As relates to her future prosperity and safety, as well as the relations which it is to bear to the United States, it is now in the most favorable attitude, perhaps, that it can be, to obtain it on fair terms. England is pressing her suit for it, but its citizens will resist, if any transfer should be made of them to any power but the United States.
Page 118 - I told him, no ; that our wishes extended only to New Orleans and the Floridas ; that the policy of France should dictate (as I had shown in an official note) to give us the country above the river Arkansas, in order to place a barrier between them and Canada. He said that, if they gave New Orleans, the rest would be of little value ; and that he would wish to know ' what we would give for the whole.
Page 140 - You will not be a Christian. Oh! What a pity! "Oh! What a pity!" He then threw off his robes, took me by the hand, and led me out of the company smiling; but the scene I had gone through had made too serious an impression on my mind to be eradicated until we took our departure, which was in an hour after, having received great marks of friendship from the father.
Page 466 - I may make Texas my abiding- place. In adopting this course I will never forget the country of my birth.

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