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    [Henry M. Morfit]. Condition of Texas. Message from the President of the United States, Upon the subject of the political, military, and civil condition of Texas. December 22, 1836. Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. [Washington]: Blair & Rives, printers, [1836]. 8vo, 33 pages. Disbound with moderately tone edges. Pencil notations scattered throughout.

    Reference: Streeter 1255.

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    In its Journal, the House reported that "A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Jackson, his private secretary." It begins "During the last session, information was given to Congress by the Executive, that measures had been taken to ascertain 'the political, military, and civil condition of Texas.' I now submit, for your consideration, extracts from the report of the agent who had been appointed to collect it, relative to the condition of that country." President Jackson had sent Henry M. Morfit, a State Department clerk, to Texas as his agent. In part, "The title of Texas to the territory she claims is identified with her independence: she asks us to acknowledge that title to the territory, with an avowed design to treat immediately of its transfer to the United States. It becomes us to beware of a too early movement, as it might subject us, however unjustly, to the imputation of seeking to establish the claim of our neighbors to a territory, with a view to its subsequent acquisition by ourselves. Prudence, therefore, seems to dictate that we should still stand aloof, and maintain our present attitude . . . if Congress shall differ with me upon it, their judgment will be the result of dispassionate, prudent, and wise deliberation . . . I shall promptly and cordially unite with you." Congress agreed with President Jackson.

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