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in their reasoning on the subject of the moral obligation of a
State t o ffil its contracts, for we seek to revive no unpleasant
recollections. ILet us ratler proceed at once to deny the acculracy
h of hiis statistics. It is notorious that the census of
184-0 (contains mot ridiculous errors, upon vwhich this theory
of the instnity of thle fiee black is founded. Mir. Severance
of Mlaine has sbo()wn, ill a late speech in Congress, how in six
tows x in his State niuneteen insane ) blacks were returned,
whilst atd tlhe sal e ttimt tlSe umi of all tie colored people in
tliose same towns wals only loe, and le was probably sane.
lThlis will Sterv ats aln exti ple of' thIe wxliole foundation of JIr.
Walker's argmttlnTiet. Abi stuch is tih sopfistry which restct
ablI e nn are not ashamied to use, wien they re comI'
llIed to deftnd slavery agaist the dtris of thte Declarationl
of Indeptnditnce. It may answer for tle miaridiain of
Cairroll Counity, Kentutky, to xwrici plae Mtr, W\ i l tker's
letter was oriiiinlly 1addlresed, butt it will niot stanId r I test
of a tmioment's : :;t.tS.ittitL ill tlit, tree States particularly i1when it
is preou sed l. s a41 jtstitic'ation of tl.e at nnexa titon f T' xaS
Lt Us, tt n, pa1ss over all t}is stutt, as lot wortih of tIhe
paper i't woul cost l to refite it, landt c ome at once to t he great
(qustion tilat aitates all minds.
WI A T 0 T x H T N W TO BII D0NE ?
It tust b adiitted that public opinions in ih e fiee States,
l; " nlot sttled (down into any definte l t.anae otn tits subject.
We a:)Iproachl thie consideoration of it with great diffience;
nott i ht we (o tnot see a way by WhiCi tih cotnsummtation of
this p)rject mtight be prevented, but tiatt we fear the state of
feeling in the country is not sufficiently concentrated to st:eculre
its adoption. Yet the late election in the city of New York
cle1arly shows wil t can be done when thfe )people have iade
tup thleir miinds to reflor ain existinig evil. We will only apply
the pri,nciiple there involved on ha larger scale, and then
leave the d cisioln o if this g;reat question to tliose in whose
hands it, legitinmately belo'gs.
Euit first, it Imay be as :ell to state the whole extent of t he
e vil wlicih we have to apprehend, and which we desire to
tvoid. Tlle annexation of 'rexas is, itself, a'n evil; but it
is by no Ineians the w1ole0 of it. EvOery onell in tie conmmatnity
kniows, tiat it ist c arriedl ont at this ti-le, in the face of lostile
declarations Imade iby Aexico, a ou1 y withl which we axe
att p1tet* If 'exas b.a tieti, .t a part of " the settled policy
of tile g'ova'Verml'ent, as Iir 'Ho Ilies says, sto must al:so be a
u'ar wit I It xi co ht ichIi is to follow it. Neithler is tlis quite
all. Ate t ti t thses e ltostiities are pirov'tok ,
spirit is manifesting itself in both Ilouses of Congress, cltcu
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