2d Session.[SENATE.] 
JANUARY 6, 1845.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE,
IN FAVOR OF
The annexation of Texas, and of maintaining the rights of the United States
over the Territory of Oregon.
Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, and ordered to be printed.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE,
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR.
- 1. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
Court convened, That the result of the Presidential election demonstrates
that the people of this State and of the United States are in favor of the
immediate reannexation of Texas to the Union.
- 2. Resolved, That the usurpation of Santa Anna, and his subversion by
the sword of the compact under which Texas became one of the States of
the Mexican confederacy, the triumph of Texan arms at the decisive battle
of San Jacinto, the subsequent acknowledgment of her independence by
the usurper and by the great Powers of both continents, the maintenance
of that independence for a long succession of years against every foe, all
combine to absolve Texas from all further allegiance to Mexico, and to
establish her independence in law and fact, and her perfect freedom to
negotiate treaties and contract alliances with the other sovereignties of the
- 3. Resolved, That we regard it as an insult to the people of Texas, who
have gallantly achieved their liberties by the sword of revolution, to make
the consent of Mexico a prerequisite to their reannexation to the United
States; and that an attempt to procure the assent of Mexico, now convulsed
with insurrection and torn with contending factions, each claiming to wield
the rightful powers of government, would be as fruitless as unnecessary
and uncalled for by the justice and law of the case.
- 4. Resolved, That the reannexation of Texas is as constitutional and
expedient as was the purchase of Louisiana by Mr. Jefferson, of which
purchased territory we believe the present territory of Texas constituted a
- 5. Resolved, That the reannexation of Texas, aside from its restoring
to the Southwest its mutilated territory, bargained away by the treachery
or folly of our diplomatists, is founded in the interests of every section of
our country—the agriculture of the South and West, and the commerce
and manufactures of the North.
- 6. Resolved, That we do not recognise the right of foreign nations to
interfere in the negotiations upon this subject; and that, the two countries
consenting, and as against foreign nations, Texas should be reannexed to
the United States, if need be, by armed occupation.
- 7. Resolved, That national honor and national policy alike forbid all
further foreign aggression upon American soil.
- 8. Resolved, That we believe, with Mr. Clay, “that the reannexation of
Texas will add more free than slave States to the Union; and that it would
be unwise to refuse a permanent acquisition, which will exist as long as
the globe remains, on account of a temporary institution.”
- 9. Resolved, That our Senators in Congress be instructed and our Representatives
be requested to use their exertions to procure the adoption of
such measures, by the General Government, as in their opinion shall be
best calculated to effect the reannexation of Texas to the United States,
and to assert and maintain our rights in the territory of Oregon.
- 10. Resolved, That the Secretary of State be directed to furnish a copy
of the foregoing resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives in
Congress, and to the Governors of the several States and Territories of the
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
President of the Senate.
Approved, December 28, 1844.
JOHN H. STEELE, Governor.
A true copy. Attest:
THOMAS P. TREADWELL,
Secretary of State.