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Xiv. The Wilmot Proviso. Gen. Cass letter to Nicholson Gen. Taylor chosen President attempts by Gen. Burt, of S. C., and by Senator Douglas, to extend the Compromise line of 36° 30′ to the Pacific. Mr. Polk succeeded Mr. Tyler as President of the United States, March 4, 1845. No change in the policy of the former with regard to Annexation was made, or, with reason, expected. The agent so hastily dispatched to Texas by Mr. Tyler to speed the consummation of the decreed union, was not, of course, recalled. The new President was doubtless gratified to find his predestined work, in which he had expected to encounter some impediments at the hands of Northern members of his own party, so nearly completed to his hand. On the 18th of June, joint resolutions, giving their final consent to Annexation, passed both Houses of the Congress of Texas by a unanimous vote; and this action was ratified by a Convention of the People of Texas on the ensuing 4th of July. The XXIXth C
result of the acquisition of territory, and treaties were made in accordance with the existing law. Mr.Baldwin said he had made the allusion to show the recognition of the dividing line in carrying out what the gentleman and his friends called the crowing act of his Administration. He then proceeded to speak of its recognition in the admission of Oregon, and its approval by President Polk. Virginia recognized the right to apply the Wilmot Proviso where it did not interfere with the Compromise line. She also approved the Compromise of 1850 as the great measure of peace, and both parties in the State reiterated it in their political platform. He thought he was justified in defying the production of a single act of the General Government, in reference to slavery, which did not receive, at some time or other, the distinct approval of Virginia.--He hoped, if any gentleman should do him the honor to notice, in the subsequent discussion of this question, any portion of his argument,