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MY DEAR Sin: Your letter of the 6 Nov. covering the statement which I forwarded you of our last hours on Texas annexation reached me in due season, and I made your suggestions of change the basis of a new statement to the other members of the Cabinet. I feel satisfied that you are mistaken in fixing on Sunday as the day of our first interview after my approval of the resolutions. The Cabinet Council was held on Sunday, and our interview was on Saturday.
But in the new statement I have adopted the use of the day of the month in place of the day of the week thus "The resolutions reached me on the 1st. day of March 1845. My official term expired on the 4th day of the same month after my approval had been given to the resolutions Mr. Calhoun the Secretary of State called on me, &c &c" and what follows is made to conform throughout. I enclose you the reformed statement which you will find to be modified according to your suggestions. Bibb, Nelson and Wickliffe substantial^ concur. From Mason and Wilkins I remain to hear. By the by Wickliffe gives me a fact of which I was ignorant viz. that Mr. Polk without loss of time after his inauguration wrote Donelson to suspend all action on our instructions until he D. should receive further instructions. He says Donelson shewed him the letter when he W. was in Texas, and doubts not but that it would be found among the Texan archives of Legation. He states his belief that the letter was not marked confidential, but still does not wish his name to be mentioned in connexion with it. Had you any knowledge of this? Yes My D'r. Sir it was u the midnight messenger" that secured annexation. Anson Jones is a potent witness to establish the fact. The fact is that that movement controuled two Cabinets, that of U. S. and that of Texas.
I perceive that the abolitionists are in the lead among you in Congress, and how the matters are to terminate the future will disclose. One thing is quite obvious that old parties are changing their affinities and that legislation is in future more to be contrould by sections than principles.
Tendering you the congratulations incident to the season I am Dr Sir Truly Y'rs
- John Tyler