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between the people of the several States; it subjects them
to the influence of new parties to the compact, introduced
without their consent, and against their will; it arrogates for
the executive and legislative departments of the government
a dangerous power, never intended to be granted to them ;
and finally, it perpetuates the privileges conceded to a fe'w,
at the expense of those advantages which the pretamble to
the constitution declares it was its purpose to secure to all.
But there are persons to be found in tihe free States, independently
of the office-holders, who now, chameleon-like,
always take the color of their master, and of the speculators
who Iholid Texas scrip or Texas lots, who affect to regret the
alternative whicht they presett to our rejection of Texas,
namely, that Texas will then fiall to Englanid. There are
others who consider this rejection as equivalent to the loss of
a great market for our nmanufactures. Ir. Walker lias struck
both of these chords with some effect, in his pamphlet. Ie
has not been sparing of appeals to the national pride, as well
as to the individual purse. And in every community of free
persons, some will be found to respond to the one calil and
many to tlte other. All we beg of them in this case is, not
to suffer themselves to becorme dupes. Surely, this newborn
zeal in favor of domestic imanufactures is somewhat surprisitg,
coming as it does from men wlho have uniformly,
heretofore, shotwn the most steadfast hostility to their protection.
Surely this enmity to Ergland is rather singular in a
party whiclh has slhownl a determination, for years back, to
make this country tributary to her in every deparnment of industry,
except the raising of cotton. The only p actical effect
of the annexation of Texas would be, to gi e additional
strength to those who are now seeking to destroy the tariti,
and to renew our ancient state of dependence on Great Britain
for our manufactures. For if we look back to the history
of the past, do we not see that the interest which has
mlost steadily and pertinaciously resisted tte principle of protection
to homie man'tfiactutres, Ias been the cotton planting
interest . And wtt is there in Texas :but cotton planting
tWho is it tl;at complains that cotton lpays all the revenues of
the government ?t Is it rnot South Carolina ? Who is it
that even tnow 'takes the destruction of the present tariff a
condition of adhlerence to the democratic party ? Is i not
Mr. IJohin C. Ca ilhouin ? And do not SouthS CarolinX and
A r. Jolhn C' Calloun now seek for symlpatlhy and cooperation
in the annexation of Texas ? Le0t 1o orne, then, be so
simple as to believe that the nianuflacturers of Itle country will
be aided by strengthening tIe hands of their bitterest enemies.
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/42/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .