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It cannot be proven that the war had any necessary connection with slavery. Annexation certainly was not its cause; it only furnished an occasion for it. The circumstances, so far as they are yet known, seem best to warrant the belief that it was waged for the acquisition of territory, irrespective of the character which aftor legislation might impress upon that territory. It was sustained alike by the north and the south.

The spirit which impelled to it was confined to no section of the country. The north rivalled the south in greediness after the possessions of another, and in causeless vindictiveness toward a weak and distracted nation.

The war is here considered as an act, the responsibility of which rests upon the people of the United States, the whole people, th- mass of whom, without distinction of section or of party, either ailed in its commencement or sympathized with its objects and united in its prosecution.

The work must stand or fall, according to its own merits. If the views advanced in it are sound, and its arguments have weight, it will probably make its way, if not, it must suffer the consequences. If it is worthy of being read, it doubtless will be; if it is unworthy, it will be unfor. tunate for the publisher.


IXTRODUCTION. Annexation of Texas. The Occasion of the War.
Influences which led to Annexation. Geographical unity. Political sym-
pathy. Desire of the South to increase her weight in the l'nion. Fear
of British encroachment. Supposed military advantages of Texas. Tho
resolution of Congress.


ANNEXATION continued. Justness of the act toward Mexico. The

right of Mexico to sovereignty over Texas. If possessed at all after her
revolution of 1831-'3.5, lost afierwards by her neglect to enforce it. Her
cluim in effect abandoned. Texas became independent of right by the
Mexican revolution of 1934-35. Expediency of annexation. To be
considered here only so far as it effected vur relations with Mexico.

ernment. Fall of Herrera. The refusal to send a commissioner threw

upon our government the responsibility of future hostilities,

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