Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 18 of 72
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TEXAS AND SLAVERY.
" The fate of Henry Bartow, late of the Commercial Bank of this
city, has been at length definitely ascertained. The agent sent out
by the bank has returned, and states that Bartow died at Marianne,
near Columbia, in Texas, on the 30th of June last, of the fever of the
country, after an illness of about four weeks. He had purchased a
farm on the Brassos, and, in company with a native of the country,
had commenced an extensive plantation, and sent $10,000 to Cuba
for the purchase of slaves.
We grant that Texas would present us an immense territory of
rich soil, and would be another brilliant star in our standard. On the
other hand she would give us her quarrel with Mexico-add to our
unwieldly slave incumbrance-and give the balance of power to the
southern and southwestern states. We much question whether the
United States should ever add more states to the confederacy.
Already we are rent by the fiercest internal dissension. The North
and South, the East and West, have their local feelings-which are
becoming more strong and definite every day. As it is, we are in
constant and hourly danger of splitting, The time must come ulti-
mately, and when it does it will be with terrible power. Why then
should we burthen ourselves with still another local interest that must
tend rapidly to hasten this result ?
But another strong reason against such an annexation is the fact
that it is a slaveholding country. The northern people differ relative
to the expediency of interfering with this subject; but they all admit
that it is an evil, dangerous to our safety as a nation. It is univer-
sally acknowledged that the slave population may ultimately become
unmanageable by rapid increase; and when it does we may expect
to see re-enacted the fearful, blood-curdling scenes of the West Indies.
It is obvious, therefore, it would be highly impolitic to add such a
slave market as Texas to the Union.-Detroit Spectator.
Were any further proof wanting to convince those at all conversant
with the subject, that Texas will speedily become a great slave mart,
the following article from the Liberia Herald, will furnish it. We have
proved, time and again, by the most indubitable testimony, (and the
fact should be kept constantly before the people,) that the great cause
which led to the rupture between the inhabitants of Texas and the
mother country, was a determination on their-part to traffic in slaves,
which is strictly forbidden by the constitution of Mexico. How
northern men, therefore, who profess to be opposed to slavery, can
with any degree of consistency lend their influence in behalf of Texas,
is more than can be accounted for. The fact is, they are not opposed
to slavery; and we unhesitatingly declare, that every one who has
taken the pains to inform himself of the first cause 3 of the Texian in-
surrection, is at heart a slaveholder, if he is in any manner aiding the
cause of the insurgents. By "defendinc Texas," he is "upholding"
and virtually justifying the enslavement of his brother, and his cry of
liberty, is the very quintessence of hypocrisy.
Shall Texas be admitted into the Union? That is the question
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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/m1/18/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .