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al bank, is certainly calculated to amaze reasonable observers
of political affairs. There are persons, even in the free
States, who cannot perceive the inconsistency involved in
supporting these two propositions, under any single theory
that has ever yet been maintained of our federal system.
Neither are they immnediately aware of the singular use now
for the first time made of a provision of the constitution, originally
incorporated into it for a very dif erent purpose.
One of the miodes by wh ich the gentlemen twho rprepesent
property in man succeed in pushing their system into operation
is, througi the bold manner in Iwhich they advance their
propositions. We have heard persons doubt wlether a
gooid answer could be made to this, at the same titme that
they lhad no belief wlatever in its soundness. Such tilings
mtke usg fear sometimes that the spirit of our iinstittltios has
already evaporated untder the scorching influences of slavery,
and nothing is left to us but the residutiu of forms. Let t1s
look at the subject calnly for a moment, and see wIetier
ther is e e atoti of foundation for any of these judgenients.
The provision of' the constitution is, that " new States m'ay
be admitted by Congress into this Union." Does Mr.
Walker imeane, under ttIis clause, to insist that old States stall
also be included ? A State, according to the best authorities,
is drefiined to be a Iepublic or Commonweallth. In order
to the ftll conprethension of the phrase "' New States,"
we must therefo re infer that sone otlier conltinunities were intended
tIhan tIose in whic] the forms of goverlnmernt hlid been
long established. This inference is pronedl to be perflectly
just, by the very next sentence, wlicili Imiakes certain restrictions
to the power already granted in that preccdiig, all of
vwhich have reference to the fact that the States proposed to
be adIiitted are new, that is, just constitute. II But 0o fe
State,"i it says, u shall be jor m ed or erecte
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/33/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .