The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 9
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Texas Annexation Sentiment in Mississippi, 1885-1844 9
and taking as security therefor liens upon the public domain.22
The mere rumor that the abolition of slavery was being discussed
by the large landowners of Texas, the places of the slaves to be
taken by emigrants from the free States and from England, led
leading papers to declare that such action would be a deadly stab
at the peace and security of the South, whether accomplished by
British influence or by traitorous Americans.23
What is more surprising is to find leading Whig journals aroused
over the attitude of the abolitionists, though, as a rule, they depre-
cated discussion of the danger to the South from this source, and
professed greater abhorrence for the disunionist threats coming
from South Carolina than for the Northern abolitionists. In its
issue of November 29, 1842, the Jackson Southron, one of the
staunchest Whig journals in the State, in an editorial entitled
"Abolition," urged that it was time for the South to look at her
exposed condition; that man was worse than an assassin who would
lend his influence to tear down the bulwarks of the Constitution
and prostrate the fairest portion of our favored land; the posture
of affairs was such that it behooved the South to consider calmly
and deliberately her present and future condition. As a rule, the
Whig party leaders of Mississippi never tired of protesting that
the only safeguard for the domestic institutions of the South was
to be found in the avoidance of any reference to the dissolution of
the Union and in upholding the sacred Constitution,-the ark of
liberty-as they loved to term it.
All of this goes to show that the designs of the abolitionists had
awakened the deepest alarm in Mississippi as well as in other
Southern States, and public opinion was quick to seize upon every
fancied source of activity of that group. Thus there were those
who were confident the East India Company was at the bottom
of the abolition excitement, the object being to destroy American
competition with India in the production of cotton by destroying
the "system of associated labor in the South."24
Among the most ardent advocates of expansion and ever zeal-
ous in his defense of the peculiar institutions of the South was
Senator Robert J. Walker. In an address issued to the people
"Mississippi Free Trader, November 9, 1843.
"Ibid., April 5, May 10, 1843.
"Mississippi Free Trader, April 16, 23, 1843.
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