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freemen and the privileges of the few, must )be met. The
great problem of humarn progress is invo(lved in the result.
If there are men among us wlio feel faint-hearted, or wish to
avert their eyes from the prospect, let tlhem stand aside.
But let them not deceive themselves with a belief, that with a
few hollow phrases and delusive declarations, they can avert
the struggle that is impending. Such efforts may put it of
for a few lours or days, but they can do no more.
How much this struggle will be accelerated, if the treaty
now offired should be finally ratified by the Senate, we imagine
thire is no one so cold as not to comprehend. Indeed,
we lave seen it gravely urged in some quarters, as a serious
objection to it, not that its principle is much in its way,
but that it would be giving the abolitionists too great an advantage
among our citizens. Such politicaI iaorals are too
common, even in the best of our newspaper press, to excite
the least surprise. The abolitionists would long before this
have made themselves an impregnable position, if they hiad
been sufficiently prudent not to connect with real and solid
principles mucli that is irrelevant and impracticable. Experience
will, in the course of tine, make them n discreet, and
the violent course of the Soutlern States, is daily contributing
something to strengthen their arguments. The trinimiing
and tenmorizing system?i that lias marked the career
of the race of politicians during the last twenity years, will
no longer serve the purpose. The state of the country demands
decision, and the public questions that are about
to open hefore it atnd divide opinion, are likely to be of
such a kind as to defy the possibility of equivocation. 'TheI
only difficulty to be guarded against, by those Iwho are driven
to contend azainst the increasing eviis of slavery, is that
which may arise from their town errors, in cihoosing unsafe
ground upon which to imake the contest. The best and
strongest cause may be injured, if not destroyed , by mistaking
the true methods to sustain it.
This brings us to the last topic, which we proposed at the
outset to treat. In the event of the annexation of Texas,
what is it advisable for the fr'ee States to do ? Are they to
submnit to it, as an irremediable evil, atnd patiently await the
results which it rmay bring about, or are they to do as sorme
have advised-at once take measures to produce a dissolution
of the Union ? In expressing our views tupon this subject,
we are conscious that we shall fall in with the notions of no
particular party ; ftor whilst, on the one hand, we shoruld
dee ti mehe tie come for an organization throughout the f'ree
States, such as has never 4yet leen made; on the other, we
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/52/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .