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should not deem it come for immediate dissolution. Not that
we (do not consider the bond of the constitution completely
broken by the iitroduction of a foreign State, and its obligation
voird. We have not a doubt on that point. But so long
as we believe that it is within the power of the free States to
prevent the annexation of Texas, and the war policy, if they
only will it, just so long shall we consider their refusal so to
will, as implyin,g tlhe waiver of the majority, to avail themselves
of the breach of conttract at this time, and their consent
to remain in the Uniion for the present on unequal terms. Resolutiois
and declal ation are but- waste of titie, if the indomiitaable
spirit be not be}indi th}eem to give force in action. The alternttive
is, tihen, to pIre pare or fitture events; to disseminaate
thle trilnciples involved in the Massachusetts resoluttins as
striki n at tthe root of thie evil; in slhort to make no cessation in
the ciontest against slavery :id til tihet Ineasures which}l flow from it.
G(looniy thiout tle p}rosp)ect n ight be, of fulfilling the great
ends fir wt' ichl t.he g\ov'ctrnuent was constituted, the perpetuation
of' thl( blelssings o[f liberty to ourselves and outr posterity;
desp erate as n iiglt s(eetn thlv pros:pect of a return to those
days (of hbionor and of p-eace, wihen the name of the reptblic
hd tnot tbeen o aide a synonyl e witl rllapacity and bad faith;
yet the dutty of good(l citizes would still remain unchanged, to
watth andi to strive for t he best. IRashness and despair are
eqt(ully unimanly, so long as there is a shadow of fith re'r)ailling
ill tilI dis)ensations of an overruling Providence
We i ave now done with the subject. In treating it, we
are conscious t:at. w e have occasionally ru.n counter to the
prejudices and feelings of each of the tilree pCarties which now
agitte tihe land. W e have been too twarm to suit those
whligs, who delight in indliflerene ; too uncomnpronising to
suit tie flexible ilorality of the demiocrats ; and too cold to
suit those abolitionists 'who dwell in abstractions. Such a result
almost inevitably follows' any efiort to express free
tlhnougtts in a fiee itmanner. Yet in all these parties there are
numbers of persons whlo will not be displeased if such a liberty
be taken, atnd who will examiine the argument that n ay
be advanced, with impartiality, and without reference to its
source. To those persons we have endeavored most respectf
lly to address ourselves. They generally hold the
scale in political afairs, and altihough slow in comning to thie
foirmation of opinions, yet when once fortmed they are tenacious
in maintaininig them. Let the favored classes of the
Soulthl beware how, by their violent career, they persist in driving
all these people into the doctrines of political abolitionism.
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