Abbot, Abiel (1765-1859) re: negative comments on Mormons and annexation of Texas
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02765
Author/Creator: Abbot, Abiel (1765-1859)
Place Written: Peterboro, NH
Type: Autograph letter signed
Pagination: 4 p. 25.5 x 19.7 cm
Summary of Content: Abbot writes that the annexation of Texas is an ”offense against humanity and a monstrous transgression of the law of God.” With address on p. 4.
Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Full Transcript: The annexation of Texas is a great offense against humanity & a monstrous transgression of the law of God. It is a violation of the constitution of the U. States. Had either of the senators of N[ew] H[ampshire] voted against the measure the resolution would not have passed. Oh, shame for N[ew] H[ampshire]. The State is not a republic; it is governed by an oligarchy.... Moral principle is divorced from politics--partyism has devoured patriotism, human rights & put conscience to sleep.
Keywords/Subjects: Texas;, Mormons;, Religion;, American West;, Westward Expansion;, Government and Civics;, US Constitution;, Morality and Ethics;
Sub Era: Age of Jackson
Background: In the spring of 1844, an annexation treaty with Texas failed to gain the required two-thirds majority for Senate ratification. The Texas question became the major political issue in the presidential campaign of 1844. Democratic candidate James Knox Polk (1795-1849) was a strong supporter of annexation, and his victory encouraged Tyler to try to annex Texas again. This time, Tyler submitted the measure in the form of a resolution, which required only a simple majority of both houses. Congress narrowly approved the resolution in 1845, making Texas the twenty-eighth state. , Abiel Abbot (1765-1859), a prominent northern clergyman and writer expresses his dismay at Congress’s vote in favor of Texas annexation.Order Image