The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 76
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ufacturing people. The South & S. West must be an agricultural
people. The former are religiously opposed to slavery-the latter
are necessarily slave holders- The former are a sober calcu-
lating people-the latter are a high spirit ardent people. The
former hold the power--the latter the wealth, of the nation:
and it is not to be disguised that there are pretty strong antipathies
already engendered between them. Here then are all the elements
of the most merciless tantalising despotism on the one hand, that
was ever exercised by man to his fellow man; and of the most
galling & unmitigated slavery on the other, that was ever endured
Against this state of things the constitution offers the only guar-
antee; and events have already proved that the constitution is
readily broken by the party in power according to its wishes and
"The United States," he continues,
must at no distant day I think break up in revolution--.
Independent of her growing weight-there is a manifest tendency
to insubordination; and she is corrupt from her heart to her
extremities. These are some of the fruits of her ready adoption
of the filth of the world, as her own offspring. . . . Now
from all the anticedent [sic] throes & convulsions, as well as
the final catastrophe Texas may escape by keeping herself to
herself-to say nothing of the lesser national difficulties, which
are forever occurring in so vast a territory as ours. When this
catastrophe occurs, what will then be your condition? You close
your political career as conquerors or as conquered-most likely
the latter; for the south builds ships, and the north mans them-
the south pays armies and the north fills & commands them-
Keep to yourselves and very likely, you will in time have many
distracted states petitioning to be let into your confederacy-
At . least your chance of long peace, will be greater, the more
retired you are, from the jarring interests of our illimitable
Torrance writes Lamar on April 6, 1840, as follows:
I intended writing you a long letter on your inaugural address,
so much was I pleased with it-your people (in my opinion) would
be crazy to annex themselves to us. I have met with but one dis-
tinguished man in this country who believed with me (or, who
believing-had the boldness to express it) that it was the worst
thing the Southern States ever did: to enter the Confederacy-
This was Langdon Cheves of So. Ca. We have been ever trib-
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