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tleman predicts to follow to the free States from the abolition
of slavery, in "making their vessels rot at the wharves
for want of exchangeable products to carry, and the grass to
grow in the streets of their cities," probably for the same
reason, make a fine paragraph for declamation, but they only
betray the utter ignorance of thle writer, of the resources of
freemen. Really, one would be led to imagine, fioz)m lis
tone, that the world would be undone if there were no cotton
in Charleston, Mobile, Natchez aind New Orleans. All this is
a bugbear, much of the same species with the raw xhead and
bloody bones stories wlich used to be told previous to the
emancipation of the slaves in the English West Intdies.
Whatever may be the danger of emanxcipation to the slave
States, Ar. Walker may rest assured that the free States apprehend
no serious consequence to them, otleIr tliant those
which might follow the obligations which the colnstitution iimposes,
of protecting their brethen against insurrection at
home. Moreover, they would be somewlat at a loss to
understand how this argument against emancipation, is to be
nmadet to recontcie them to the dangers of an indefinite extension
of the evrils of slavery over a large additional territory,
and a consequent increase of those lhazards of insurrection,
whliclh would call for the interference of the federal government,
partially at their expense. If Mr. Walker thinks that
slaverys is muchl better than freedom to the black, then let
him prove it to be a lmeasure of wsisdom and ph1ilanthropy to
reestablish it all over the Union. rhis imay suit that aen-tleman''s
moral and sociaI theories, but it will Imeet few s'tipporters
among the free.
So, too, with Iis elaborate argiument drawn firom the census
of 1S40, to prove how badly fi'eedomn suits the black.
According to Mr. WTalker, it has a peculiar tendency to make
hitmt insane, and he thereupon endeavors to sIhow how great at
proportion of free blacks become mad, as contrasted with the
whlites. If this position be true the corollary necessarily follows,
that if tlhee blacks had been slaves, they rwould lave
been in their rigtt mintd. It is their fieedom that hxath ntlde
them m ad. 1Tlgis ar t aget co mirti,g irom des otic governments,
and applied to tIhe excesses of democracy, as exemplified
in the 1French revolution, is not a new o n; but
when it comnes firom the Senator friom Mislsssi)ppi, one of tle
hief lighlts of ioderni det mocracy , in 1 844, in tle Ilit ed
States, it is calculated to raise a smile of surprise. T'ie true
line between sanity and insanity is among the I'roblems of
medical science. We will not ask thie SLenator how far we mvay
be justified in considering the white people of his State sane,
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/44/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .