The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 15
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Annexation of Texas and the Mississippi Democrats 15
dressed to the Whigs of Louisiana and Mississippi Huston affirmed
that his reasons for leaving the Whig party was not so much on
account of the stand that party had taken on the annexation of
Texas, but chiefly because that question involved the more serious
one of the abolition of slavery. Huston had convinced himself
that a Whig victory would mean an irretrievable blow at the in-
stitutions and prosperity of the South, ample proof of which was
to be found in the utterances of the northern Whigs, the burden
of which was the "sin and odium of slavery." The letter closed
with the prediction that the anti-slavery crusade threatened utterly
to prostrate the southern states or to force the union to its termi-
nation. Southern Whigs then should hesitate to fasten humiliat-
ing chains on the southern states or to drive them to desperation.43
"Without Texas we cannot sustain slavery for ten years. If we
must give up slavery, let us make the best terms we can; if not,
let us unite for our preservation and be prepared for any emer-
gency. If Texas is lost, political and fanatical abolitionism will
stalk boldly into the halls of Congress, headed not only by the
Adamses and Giddingses, but such as Webster and Seward, who
will heap contumely and scorn on the Southern States and con-
stantly endeavor to bring their moral character, their social rela-
tions, and their institutions into contempt." If the anti-slavery
and abolition spirit continued to increase, then the Union could
not and ought not to be preserved; and in any event it could not
last unless based on an equality of feelings and interests.
As an ally of a foreign power Texas would be a constant menace
to the southwestern border, whilst the possession of Galveston
would cut us off from the navigation of the Gulf. To offset these
impending dangers the only hope of the South lay in an alliance
of that section with the democracy of the North and the states of
the further West.44 Thus did Huston set forth the views of the
cotton South; his course in Mississippi politics at this time antici-
pated the attitude of such men as William J. Yancey, of Alabama,
"the orator of secession," and of Robert Barnwell Rhett, of South
Carolina. He was the most radical of the group of leaders whose
pendent Democrat, May 25, 1844; Port Gibson Herald, July 4, 1844. Cf.
Kennedy, History of Texas, II, 241.
"Ibid., Sept. 18, Oct. 16, 1844.
"Aug. 14, 28, Oct. 9, 1844.
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