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that instrument beyond all reasonable limits ? It is, because
the benefit is all to accrue to the small nLumber who wish to
hold a perpetuity of property in nman, and through that the
control which they have acquired over the affairs of the
These are solemn truths. They are not told for the sake
of exciting discontent at our existing institutions, but for the
sake of rousing the people, as far as possible, to maintain
them inviolate. Is it possible, that this great republic should
sufrer itselflong to be led by such blind guides, as the advocates
of slavery, or their allies among the political managerrs
of the Free States ? We carnnot yet believe that it is. Let
slavery reiain a local matter within the limits of those States
in which it is established, arnd we know of nothing to create
cause of uneasiness. But vwhen it threatens to raise its fearful
iead over tIhe whIole Iland, when it be(ds tle policy of the
governieent to sbserve its own selfist purposes, wxheln it undertakes
comnpletely to alter tle relations between the States,
established by their frame of government, and to overawe the
spirit of liberty, tlexn is the time to cry aloud, and spare not.
There must be some favorable change in a tew years, or else
the great objects for which the constitution was adopted, will
disappear from sight, and it will cease to be the pride and the
boast of all intelligent Americans.
Bir. Walker, whose pam)iphlet is u(nderstood to be the textbook
of the firiends of tlte annexation of Texas, maintains that
there are three ways of arriving at lhis object itn a constitutional
manner. The first is by virte of te reaty-lakirng
power. This has already been considered. The second is,
by force of the first clause of the thlird section of the fourth
article, whichl is in these words :
New States may be admitted by the Conrgress into this Union; but no
new State shall Ibe formed or erected within tihe jurisdiction of any other
State, nor anty State be forrmed by the junction two or more States, or
parts of States, witrhout th0e consent of the Legislatures of the States, as
well as of the Congress.
ir. Walker maintains that tlis is an unlimited gIrant of power
to the Congress. Hence that a simple act of the Legislature,
passed by a bare mjority in eachl brianch, is all that is necessary
to adrmit a foreign State, no matter wvlm t,-M-fexico
I;ussia, or even the Celestial Empire, on the other side of the
globe, itnto tlh Union.
This construction, coming, as it does, from a enttleman
who coulhd tot see in the same instrument friom which hie lde
rives this power, a safficient uthority to inoorpte a iatioe
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/32/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .