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Texan, American, and English Views as to the International Position
of Texas in 1836-1837 The earliest diplomatic communication from
the Republic of Texas to the United States contained a proposition
for annexation and at the same time the intimation that "delay
might defeat it, as Texas was about forming treatie: with foreign
powers." Within a few weeks after the recognition of the
independence of Texas by President Jackson's appointment, March
3rd, 1837, of a charge d'affaires to that republic, General Memucan
Hunt, originally from North Carolina, was introduced to the
president by Secretary Forsyth as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister
Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Texas and it was through him
that annexation was first formally proposed.1 In his communication
Hunt sums up v/ell the arguments for immediate action on the part
of the United States. The letter, dated Aug. 4, 1837, is as
follows:3 " The Undersigned will not conceal from - - - his
apprehension that any delay in the conclusion of the Treaty of
Annexation may be fatal to its ultimate accomplishment. Diplomatic
relations with Foreign Powers 'Morphis. History of Texas, p. 366.
3Ibid. p. 365. British State and Foreign Papers for 1836-1837.
p.1400. are now in the progress of being established; and the
result of these interchanges will be Commercial Treaties, involving
difficulties which may be insurmountable in any subsequent
arrangement of th" question; and therefore the Undersigned is
especially instructed to urge - - ? the immediate discussion and
negotiation of a Treaty of Annexation. Texas is not disposed to
yield to any Foreign Nation the priveliges of her coast; involving
the command of the Gulf of Mexico nor can she concede them to the
United States unless in a treaty of Union. As an independe...
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