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Three Speeches of the Honorable Thomas H. Benton, Senator from the State of Missouri; Two Delivered in the Senate of the United States, and One at Boo

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 Excerpt: ...the other schemes submitted, but because it announces a principle in regard to our relations with Texas, upon which great stress is laid by many of the advocates of annexation, both in this House and elsewhere; and which, from the confidence with which it is asserted, is entitled to special comment. That ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 Excerpt: ...the other schemes submitted, but because it announces a principle in regard to our relations with Texas, upon which great stress is laid by many of the advocates of annexation, both in this House and elsewhere; and which, from the confidence with which it is asserted, is entitled to special comment. That gentleman's project of annexation is founded upon the opinion that Texas actually belongs to the United States at this moment by virtue of the treaty of 1803, which transferred Louisiana to this Government. It affirms that engagements were contracted by that treaty which we could not, without violation of faith, annul or forego by any subsequent treaty; that the cession of Texas, therefore, or the relinquishment of our claim to Texas, by the Florida treaty, was. a violation of faith, and, in some sort, a void or voidable act. This is distinctively, sir, the plan of re-annexation. The treaty of 1803 contains this clause: "The inhabitants of the ceded territory shall be incorporated into the Union of the United States, and admitted, as sooii as possible, according to the principles of the Federal Constitution, to the enjoyment oTall the rights, advantages, and immunities of citizens of the United States; and, in the mean time, they shall,be protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty, property, and tlte religion they profess." In 1819 the Florida treaty was negotiated, by which, this Government, in consideration of the cession to it by Spain of the territory of Florida, relinquished, (other equivalents-being also given by us) all claim, on our part, to the territory lying west of the Sabine. The language of that treaty is: "And the United States hereby cede to his Catholic Majesty, and renounce forever, all rights, claims, and pretensions ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150525797
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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