The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 6
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to be secure from the attacks of the fanatical spirit of abolition.
To his government he represented that certain Congressmen from
the South favored a dissolution of the Union and the acquisition
of Texas as preferable to being in the Union without Texas.la
No such radical sentiments as these were avowed by leading Mis-
sissippi journals or representative spokesmen in the years imme-
diately following the achievement of Texas independence; and
even in the heat of the campaign of 1844 similar views werb in
the main confined to the radical element,--the so called "left wing"
of the Democratic party. One of the conspicuous champions of
this point of view was Felix Huston, who bore a prominent part
in the affairs of the Texan army in the years immediately follow-
ing the acquiring of independence. Writing to Henderson, the
Texan Secretary of State, from Vicksburg in the spring of 1837
with reference to J. Q. Adams presenting in the House of Repre-
sentatives a petition from slaves, Hunt asserted: "I know of no
circumstance which has so much increased the zeal of Southern
politicians for us as this." On the other hand, Texan represent-
atives expressed to their government the apprehension entertained
by them as to the danger to annexation from "Northern and East-
ern jealousy and Abolition.""' In a similar vein the Port Gibson
Correspondent declared the citizens of the South should favor an-
nexation in opposition to the fanatics of the North.'5 The Bran-
don Republican, an exponent of extreme State right views, in-
dulged in intemperate language at the thought of the South's
losing what it termed the finest country in the world in conse-
quence of the hostility of Northern abolitionists. "Shall we lie
supinely on our backs, and permit the North to bind us in chains ?
Whatever is now proposed in Congress calculated to advance the
interest of the slave-holding States meets with the deadliest op-
position from our loving brethren of the North."6 Two years
later, Thomas H. Holt, a prominent citizen of Natchez, urged
that Van Buren should be elected on account of his opposition to
abolition, since this was a subject of greater importance to the
South than any other agitating the public mind.
One of the arguments brought against Harrison in the cam-
1"Garrison, Dip. Cor. Tex., I, 316-317.
"4Ibid., I, 209, 81.
'"Issue of April 28, 1838.
6"Issue of June 6, 1838.
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