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such new members are to come in, and what they are to bring along
with them. In my opinion, the people of the United States will not
consent to bring a new, vastly extensive, a slaveholding country,
large enough for half a dozen or a dozen states, into the Union.
In my opinion they ought not to consent to it. Indeed I am altogether
at a loss to conceive, what possible benefits any part of this country
can expect to derive from such annexation. All benefit, to any part
is at least doubtful and uncertain; the objections obvious, plain, and
strong. On the general question of slavery, a great portion of the
community is already strongly excited. The subject has not only at-
tracted attention as a question of politics, but it has struck a far deeper
toned chord. It has arrested the religious feelings of the country ; it has
taken strong hold on the consciences of men. He is a rash man,
indeed, little conversant with human nature, and especially has he a
very erroneous estimate of the character of the people of this country,
who supposes that a feeling of this kind is to be trifled with, or despised.
It will assuredly cause itself to be respected. It may be reasoned with, it
may be made willing, I believe it is entirely willing to fulfil all existing
engaernents, and all existing duties, to uphold and defend the con-
stitution, as it is established, with whatever regrets about some provi-
sions, which it does actually contain. But to coerce it into silence,
-to endeavor to restrain its free expression, to seek to compress and
confine it, warm as it is and more heated as such endeavors would
inevitably render it,-should all this be attempted, I know nothing
even in the constitution, or in the Union itself, which would not
be endangered by the explosion which might follow.
I see, therefore, no political necessity for the annexation of Texas to
the Union ; no advantages to be derived from it; and objections to it,
of a strong, and in my judgment, decisive character.--ddressin JNiblo's
Fellow citizens, a crisis has arrived in which we must maintain our
rights, or surrender them for ever. I speak not to abolitionists alone,
but to all who value the liberty of our fathers achieved. Do you ask
what we have to do with slavery ?-Let our muzzled presses answer-
let the mobs excited against us by merchants and politicians answer-
let the gag laws threatened by our governors and legislatures answer,
let the conduct of the National Government answer. In 1826, Mexico
and Columbia being at war with Spain, proposed carrying their armies
into Cuba, a Spanish colony. These republics had abolished slavery
within their own limits, and it was feared that if they conquered Cuba
they would give LIBERTY to the thousands there enchained. And
what did our liberty-loving government do? Why they sent on
special messengers to Panama to threaten our sister republics with
WAR if they dared to invade Cuba. Nor was this all; a minister was
sent to Spain, and ordered to urge upon the Spanish monarch the
policy of making peace with his revolted colonies, lest if the war con-
tinued, nearly a million of human beings should recover and enjoy the
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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/m1/20/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .