Westward Extension, 1841-1850

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CHAPTER VIII
DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS (1841-1844)

I N spite of the repulse which the Texan government had suffered in its attempt at annexation, it was first to indicate the desire of returning to the subject. In December, 1841, when Sam Houston became for the second time president of the republic, he immediately sent James Reily as chargé d'affaires to Washington, with instructions to ascertain whether the United States was indisposed to negotiate further relative to annexation.1 Anson Jones, secretary of state under Houston, says that this was done with little hope of a favorable answer; and the Texan authorities were therefore not disappointed on learning from Reily that his efforts had met with no encouragement. March 25, 1842, he wrote Jones from Washington, saying, "I would rather die than to remain here. . . . You can see from my official letter that nothing can be done here in the way of any negotiation for Texas."2 Shortly afterwards his request to be relieved was granted,

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1
Jones, Letters Relating to the Hist. of Annex., 4.
2
Ibid., 7; Jones, Repub. of Tex., 178.

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