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LONDON PATRIOT-WILLIAM B. REED.
THE LONDON PATRIOT.
The British public ought to be made aware of what is going on at
present in Texas; of the true cause and the true nature of the contest
between the Mexican authorities and the American slave-jobbers.
Texas has long been the Naboth's vineyard of brother Jonathan.
For twenty years or more, an anxiety has been manifested to push back
the boundary of the United States' territory, of which the Sabine river
is the agreed line, so as to include the rich alluvial lands of the delta
of the Colorado, at the head of the Gulf of Mexico. There are stronger
passions at work, however, than the mere lust of territory-deeper
interests at stake. Texas belongs to a republic which has abolished
slavery; the object of the Americans is to convert it into a slaveholding
state; not only to make it a field of slave cultivation, and a market
for the Maryland slave-trade, but, by annexing it to the Federal Union
to strengthen in congress the preponderating influence of the southern
This atrocious project is the real origin and cause of the pretended
contest for Texian independence-a war, on the part of the United
States, of unprovoked aggression for the vilest of all purposes.--
Jdy 6, 1836.
WILLIAM B. REED.
One of the complaints made by the Texians is that the Mexican
government will not permit the introduction of slaves, and one of the
first fruits of independence and secure liberty (unnatural as is the
paradox) will be the extension of slavery, and both the domestic and
foreign slave-trade, over the limits of a territory large enough to form
five states as large as Pennsylvania. Such being the result what
becomes of any real or imaginary balance between the South and
the North-the slaveholding and non-slaveholding interests ? Five
or more slaveholding states, with their additional representation,
thoroughly imbued with southern feeling, thoroughly attached to what
the South Carolina resolutions now before us, call "the patriarchal
institution of domestic slavery," added to the Union, and where is
the security of the North, and of the interests of free labor ?-These
are questions worth considering-the more so, as the war fever which
is now burning in the veins of this community, and exhibiting itself
in all the usual unreflecting expressions of sympathy and resentment,
has disturbed the judgment ot the nation, and distorted every notion
of right and wrong. Let the rexians win independence as they can.
That is their affair, not ours. But let no statesman that loves his
country think of admitting such an increment of slaveholding popula-
tion into this Union. He (Mr. R.) could not but fear that there was
a deep laid plan to admit Texas into the Union, with a view to an
increase of slaveholding representation in congress; and while he
viewed it in connexion with the growing indifference perceptible in
some quarters, he could not but feel melancholy forebodings.-Speech
in the Pennsylvania Iouse of Representatives, June 11th, 1836.
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Anti-Texass Legion. Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations, book, January 1, 1845; Albany. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2356/m1/12/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .