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JOHN Q. ADA3IS.
not --it is impossible that slh should-stand by and witness a war for the
re-c tablishment of slavery; where it had been for years abolished, and
situaied thus in the immediate neighborhood of her islands. She will
tell you, that if you must have Texas as a member of your confederacy,
it must be without the trammels of slavery, and if you will wage a
war to handcuff and fetter your fellow-man, she will wage thle war
against you to break his chains. Sir, what a figure, in the eyes of
mankind, would you make, in deadly conflict with Great Britain: she
filhting the battles of emancipation, and you the battles of slavery;
she the benetactress, and you the oppressor of human kind! In such
a war, the enthusiasm of emancipation, too, would unite vast numbers
of her people in aid of the national rivalry, and all her natural jealousy
against our aggrandizement. No war was ever so popular in England,
as that war would be against slavery, the slave-trade, and the Anglo-
Saxon descendant from her own loins.
As to the annexion of Texas to your confederation, for what do you
want it ? Are you not large anid unwieldy enough already? Do not
two millions of square miles cover enough for the insatiate rapacity of
your land-jobbers? I hope there are none of them within the sound
of my voice. Have you not Indians enough to expel from the land of
their fathers' sepulelhres, and to exterminate? What, in a prudential
and military point of view, would be the addition of Texas to your
domain ? It would be weakness and not power. Is your southern
and southwestern frontier not sufficiently extensive? not sufficiently
feeble ? not suffllicieritly defenceless ? Why are you adding regiment
after regiment of dragoons to your standina army ? Why are you
struggling, by direction and by indirection, to raise per saltran thlat
army from less than six to more than twenty thousand men ?
A war for the restoration of slavery, where it has been abolisled, if
successful in Texas, must extend over all Mexico; and the example
will threaten Great Britain with imminent danger of a war of colors
in her own islands. She will take possession of Cuba and Porto Rico,
by cession from Spain, or by the batteries from her wooden walls;
and if you ask her by what authority she has done it, she will ask you,
in return, by what authority you have extended your seacoast from
the Sabine to the Rio Bravo. She will ask you a question more per-
plexing namely-by what authority you, with fieedom, independence,
and democracy upon your lips, are waging a war of extermination to
forge new manacles and fetters, instead of those which are falling
from the hands and feet of man. She will carry emancipation and
abolition with her in every fold of her flag; while your stars, as they
increase in numbers, will be overcast with the murky vapors of op-
pression, and the only portion of your banners visible to the eye, will
be the blood-stained stripes of the task-master ?
Little reason have the inhabitants of Georgia and Alabama to com-
plain that the government of the United States has been remiss or
neglectful in protecting them from Indian hostilities; the fact is
directly the reverse. The people of Alabama and Georgia are now
suffering the recoil of their own unlawful weapons. Georgia, sir,
Georgia, by trampling upon thl faith of our national treaties with the
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