Our credulity accepted the terms, when still we possessed means of resistance; and what is the consequence? Let these dirty prison walls and the criminal's fetters that now bind our limbs answer. We refer to what follows of our remonstrance with feelings of deep mortification and shame, not for ourselves, but for that authority which adds insult to injury. We are now ordered out with your criminals as scavengers of nameless filth. There is, however, a limit of endurance, beyond which, as humble representatives of our own country, we are not permitted to go.
We furthermore solemnly protest, that if peace with Texas be desirable, she cannot, with honour to herself, in any possible manner entertain the question during the continuance of such treatment. However, it is not for the undersigned to suggest to your excellency the impolitic tendency of such treatment; of its injustice the whole world may judge.
We have the honour to be, very respectfully, your excellency's obedient servants.