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now. Her independence has already been recognized by our govern-
ment; but it is yet to be decided whether this nation is to be cursed
with an extension of its slave territory. What say you, freemen of
the North? Shall Texas be admitted into the Union? Will you
willingly hug a viper to your own bosoms ? There is but one alter-
native left you-inundate congress, at its next session, with remon-
strances against the admission of Texas, or you sign at once the
death warrant of American freedom.
Efforts are already being made for the admission of Florida as a
slaveholding state. Should these efforts prove successful-but may
heaven forbid it !-should Texas also be admitted, the slaveholding
states would outnumber the free states-there being already thirteen
slave to thirteen free states. And Texas alone is sufficiently large
for, and probably will ultimately be divided into, some six or eight
states. The liberty of the free states would exist only in name, were
they to be outnumbered by the slave states. In such an event, a
darker cloud would hang over the United States than ever did before:
and wo to that "fanatic" who might then talk of the abolition of
slavery, even in the District of Columbia! We might then expect to
see all the horrors of slavery-horrors to which those of the French
revolution bear but a feeble comparison-visited upon the heads of all
who might dare to raise their voice in behalf of their down-trodden
Shall Texas be admitted into the Union ? We again ask. Free-
men, will you willingly submit to the manacles of slavery ? If you
would not, arouse from your slumbers, and thunder in the ears of the
tyrants who are already forging chains for you and your children,
your determination still to be free.-From the /merican Citizen.
Slave Trade.-We have learned that great calculations are already
making by slavers on the coast, on the increased demand and ad-
vanced price of slaves which it is confidently anticipated will take
place on the erection of Texas into an independent government. It
has been rumored that offers have been made by a commercial house
in New Orleans, to a slaver on the coast, for a certain number of
slaves, to be delivered in a specified period; and the only circumstance
which prevented the consummation of the bargain was, that the slaver
refused to be responsible for the slaves after they should be put on
board. These facts, we think are important to be known, as the
christian and philanthropic world may learn from them what they are
upholding when they are defending Texas.-Liberia Heratd.
But when we come to speak of admitting new states, the subject
assun es an entirely different aspect. Our rights and our duties are
then both different.
The free states, and all the states, are then at liberty to accept, or
to reject. When it is proposed to bring new members into this politi-
cal partnership, the old members have a right to say on what terms
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