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of Mexico, and attempted to raise troops in the southern states to
achieve it, they were arrested for treason, and Burr, their chief, was
tried for his life. But now, behold ! the conquest of a part of the same
country is an object openly proclaimed, not in the letters of General
Houston alone, but by many of our wealthiest citizens at public ban-
quets, and by the hireling presses in the chief cities of our Union. The
annexation of a foreign territory to our own by foreign conquest, being
thus unblushingly avowed, and our citizens, who are integral portions of
our national sovereignty, being openly invited and incited to join the
crusade with weapons of war, it becomes an interesting moral inquiry
-what is there in the public mind to excuse or even to palliate so
flagrant a prostitution of national faith and honor in these days, any
more than in the days that are past ? The answer is ready at hand,
and is irrefutable. An extensive and well organized gang of swindlers
in Texas lands, have raised the cry, and the standard of "Liberty !"
and to the thrilling charm of this glorious word, which stirs the blood
of a free people, as the blast of the bugle arouses every nerve of the
warhorse, have the generous feelings of our citizens responded in ardent
delusion. But, as the Commercial Advertiser truly declares, "Never
was the Goddess of American liberty invoked more unrighteously;"
and we cannot but believe that the natural sagacity, good sense, and
proud regard for their national honor, for which our citizens are distin-
guished in the eyes of all nations, will speedily rescue them from the
otherwise degrading error in which that vile crew of mercenary hypo-
critical swindlers would involve them. The artful deceivers, however,
have not relied upon the generosity and noble sympathy only of our
fellow citizens, for they insidiously presented a bribe to excite their
Next the Texian revolution. Was it not laughable to see these
Texians, all of them, generally speaking, slaveholders; adhering to
the constitution of 1824, one article of which emancipates all the slaves
in Mexico! Was it not laughable to see them proclaiming a consti-
tution, of which, eleven years ago, the Americans in Texas had pro-
hibited the proclamation by the Mexican authorities there, under the
heaviest threats !-What man of common sense can believe in this
humbug ? None, gentlemen; none but those that have risked their
thousands in this country; and they, whoever they may be, feign to
believe it. The statements made throughout the United States, of
tvranny and oppression on the part of Mexico toward the American
citizens in Texas, are slanderous falsehoods, fabricated to create and
nurture the worst prejudices and jealousies. The Americans in Texas
have had their own way in everv case, and on every occasion; and
whenever there happened a legislative act that was, from any cause,
repugnant to the feelings of the people of Texas, it was silenced at
once. In short, if there has existed a good cause of complaint in Texas,
it was that men were too much their own masters, and too little under
the restraint of any law. Any allegation to the effect that the Mexican
government had deceived citizens of the United States in relation to
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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/m1/15/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .