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moderate and substantial people of the community, who hold
the balance of power between them, are not so wedded to
any interest as to be unwilling to listen to reason, and of them
-e do expect all that may yet be done to redeem tlhe country.
To this end, it is not absolutely necessary that they
should at once break from tile political association with which
they ordinarily act. Let therm wait to see who the candidates
may be that the opposite parties will put up. If it shall
turn out that they are all not only known to be decidedly opposed
to the whole policy of annexation and war, but possess
sufficient weight of private character to secure their
fromI the suspicion of a liability to improper influence hereafter,
then it is immaterial for which of them any one may
vote, so far as this question is contcerned. The election
of either would sect re geat poilnt Inow at issue. If,
on the other hand, the candidate of only one of the parti.es is
of the character described, wlilst tl at of the other is eitler
lukewarm or wavering, or not to be trusted, tlen is it the
bou nden duty of every person interested in the preservation
of our institutions in their purity, to vote for the former, no
matter what may be the standard he is attacled to. And
lastly, if the candidate presented by neitiher party is deserving
of public trust at this crisis, then it becomerts highly necessary
to do, as has lately been done, for different reasons, in
the city of New York, to rally upon some new individual,
whose character s-hall at once clalleige the confidence of tIe
voters, without regard to the old fortms of organization. In
ti is omanyer, and i this onl, eni the great point be secured,
of possessing a body of ien fi-om thle Free States, \hi
will stand together on this great foundation, xio natter w lIat
else they may divide about. The rmoder'ate men, vwo will
hold tihe balance of power in alnost every congressional district,
we mnight even say in almost every e lection in the autumn,
can secure this great object, if they oly will it. But it
will be necessary for them to be on the alert. The elections
will soon become a topic of public interest. In order to secure
the righlt sort of candidates, it will be necessary tha t the
requisites alluded to be early insisted udpon. The field is now
open for useful exertion. If it e not rightly improved, tlen
will there be an end of all chlance of titurte security. The
evil may now Iave been postponed, but it will lnt have been
removed. If thie Free States do not strongly will, thien the
inferenee will be drawn that tihey consent, and imtany of their
own citizens will bIe amont the first to sacrifice every public
principle to the hope of personal' advantage in ptromotigt the
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/50/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .