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WILLIAM E. CHANNING.
grand impoverisher, for it is an encouragement to idleness, and a de.
preciator of labor. Does virtue consolidate and strengthen a nation ?
Slavery, and its concomitant vices, must enervate, if not subvert it.
How shamefully slavery exposes and endangers the virtue of females,
I forbear to say; delicacy would shudder at the recital. The female
who in theory or practice is an advocate for slavery, cannot be a vo
tary or a friend to chastity.-The Guardian Genius.
General Santa Anna's real crime in the eyes of the American slave-
owner is his enforcing the abolition of slavery throughout the Mexi-
can Republic, when they were looking to seize Texas as a market for
This object was publicly avowed by them years ago. In the de-
bates in the Virginia Convention, in 1829, Judge Upsher said, " If
it should be our lot, as I trust it will be, to acquire the country of
Texas, their price (the slaves) will rise again."
We are told by the advocates of the Texian scheme, as a caution
not to interfere; that the cause of emancipation has retrograded in
the United States, " owing to the intemperate zeal of the Northern
abolitionists." I need not remind the friends of emancipation in Eng.
land, that this was ever the favorite assertion of the slave-holders
and their advocates, during the struggle for negro freedom in the
British West India Colonies; nor yet record the opinion of American
gentlemen, most accurately informed c:1 the subject, that the bold
and strenuous efforts of the Northern abditionists, in denouncing this
plague-spot of their social and political system, have, within the last
four years, done more towards effecting its extinction than the exer-
tions of the previous half century. The slave-owners of the South
know this full well.
Such, then, being the fearful plan for erecting the new state of
Texas, by giving new life and energy to a system of crime and in.
justice, which in many of the neighboring states is sinking under its
inherent rottenness, it becomes the duty of every real abolitionist,
whether in England or America, to warn his countrymen against
being decoyed within the sphere of its contaminating influence. The
country is designed to be the " home of the slave," and to be peopled
by a traffic more hideous than the African slave trade itself.
WILLIAM E. CHANNING
Wars with Europe and Mexico are to be entailed on us by the an.
nexation of Texas. And is war the policy by which this country is
to flourish ? Was it for interminable conflicts that we formed our
Union ? Is it blood shed for plunder, which is to consolidate our in-
stitutions ? Is it by collision with the greatest maritime power, that
our commerce is to gain strength ? Is it by arming against ourselves
the moral sentiments of the world, that we are to build up national
honor ? Must we of the North buckle on our armor, to fight the bat-
tles of slavery; to fight for a possession, which our moral principles
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