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SAM HOUSTON, WITH WHOSE CAREER THE STORY OF TEXAS IS

CLOSELY CONNECTED After an engraving by J. C. Buttre from a daguerreotype by B. P. Page)

VOL. VII.-20

Polk's MEXICAN War MESSAGE, 1846

Five days after the approval of the joint resolution for the annexation of Texas, the Mexican government protested against it. Diplomatic relations with the United States were suspended soon afterward, and both countries prepared to defend their course by armed force. In his annual message of December 2, 1845, President Polk considered existing conditions, and on May II, 1846, he issued the special message. Text from “Senate Journal," First Session, Twenty-ninth Congress, 1845-46 (Serial No. 469), pp. 280-285. (See page 118.)

To the Senate and House of Refresentatives:

The existing state of the relations between the United States and Mexico renders it proper that I should bring the subject to the consideration of Congress. In my message at the commencement of your present session, the state of these relations, the causes which led to the suspension of diplomatic intercourse between the two countries in March, 1845, and the long-continued and unredressed wrongs and injuries committed by the Mexican government on citizens of the United States, in their persons and property, were briefly set forth.

As the facts and opinions which were then laid before you were carefully considered, I can not better express my present convictions of the condition of affairs up to that time, than by referring you to that communication. The strong desire to establish peace with Mexico on

liberal and honorable terms, and the readiness of this government to regulate and adjust our boundary, and other causes of difference with that power, on such fair and equitable principles as would lead to permanent relations of the most friendly nature, induced me in September last to seek the reopening of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Every measure adopted on our part had for its object the furtherance of these desired results. In communicating to Congress a succinct statement of the injuries which we had suffered from Mexico, and which have been accumulating during a period of more than twenty years, every expression that could tend to inflame the people of Mexico, or defeat or delay a pacific result, was carefully avoided. An envoy of the United States repaired to Mexico, with full powers to adjust every existing difference. But though present on the Mexican soil, by agreement between the two governments, invested with full powers, and bearing evidence of the most friendly dispositions, his mission has been unavailing. The Mexican government not only refused to receive him, or listen to his propositions, but, after a long-continued series of menaces, have at last invaded our territory, and shed the blood of our fellow-citizens on our own soil.

It now becomes my duty to state more in detail the origin, progress, and failure of that mission. In pursuance of the instructions given in September last, an inquiry was made, on the 13th of October, 1845, in the most friendly terms, through our consul in Mexico, of the minister for foreign affairs, whether the Mexican government “would receive an envoy from the United States intrusted with full powers to adjust all the questions in dispute between the two governments;" with the assurance that "should the answer be in the affirmative, such an envoy would be immediately despatched to Mexico.” The Mexican minister, on the 15th of October, gave an affirmative answer to this inquiry,

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