The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 14
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position in the slave-holding communities to the annexation of
Texas came from the Whig press,--which party as was well known
contained almost all the rich planting interests of the State.81
"As abolition gained in the North, pro-slavery gained in the
South." There was a time when schemes for colonizing the negro
in his native abode had met with a certain amount of favor in
Mississippi, and the subject was still being discussed in a per-
functory kind of manner. Attention has been called to the em-
phatic statement of the Legislature on the blessings of slavery in
the year succeeding the attainment of Texas independence. In
commenting upon Professor Dew's little volume upon the subject
of slavery which exerted such a profound influence upon the atti-
tude of Southern men toward that institution, the Pearl River
Banner affirmed "the time for emancipation has not yet arrived
and perhaps it never will."32 Seven months before the appear-
ance of President Tyler's message upon the subject of annexation,
the Legislature of Mississippi again put itself upon record in no
uncertain tone as to the significance of slavery and annexation
in the following language:
But we hasten to suggest the importance of the annexation of
Texas to this republic upon grounds somewhat local in their com-
plexion, but of an import infinitely grave and interesting to the
people who inhabit the southern portion of this Confederacy,
where it is known that a species of domestic slavery is tolerated
and protected by law, whose existence is prohibited by the
legal regulations of other States of this Confederacy; which sys-
tem of slavery is held by all who are familiarly acquainted with
its practical effects, to be of highly beneficial influence to the
country within whose limits it is permitted to exist. The com-
mittee feel authorized to say that this system is cherished by our
constituents as the very palladium of their prosperity and hap-
piness; and, whatever ignorant fanatics may elsewhere conjecture,
the committee are fully assured, upon the most diligent observa-
tion and reflection on the subject, that the South does not possess
within her limits a blessing with which the affections of her peo-
ple are so closely entwined and so completely enfibered, and whose
value is more highly appreciated, than that which we are now
31Issue of December 13, 1843.
"Issue of January 6, 1838.
"Niles' Weekly Register, LXIV, 173.
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