Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 3 of 72
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TEXAS AND AIEXICO.
But the prime cause, and the real object of this war, ate not dis-
tinctly understood by a large portion of the honest, disinterested, and
well-meaning citizens of the United States. Their means of obtain-
ing corrcct information upon the subject have been necessarily limited;
and many of them have been deceived and misled by the misrepresen-
tations of those concerned in it, and especially by hireling writers of the
newspaper press. They have been induced to believe that the in-
habitants of Texas were engaged in a legitimate contest for the mainte-
nance of the sacred principles of liberty, and the natural, inalienable
rights of man :-whereas, the motives of its instigators, and their chief
incentives to action, have been, from the commencement, of a directly
opposite character and tendency. It is susceptible of the clearest demion-
stration, that the immediate cause, and the leading object of this contest,
originated in a settled design-, among the slaveholders of this country,
(with land speculators and slave-traders,) to wrest the large and valuable
territory of Texas from the Mlcxican Republic, in order to re-establish the
SYSTEM OF SLAVERY; to open a vast and profitable SLAVE
MARKET therein; and ultinmately to annex it to the United States.
And further, it is evident-nay, it is very generally acknowledged-
that the insurrectionists are principally citizens of the United States,
who have proceeded tlhither for the purpose of revolutionizing the
country; and that they are dependant upon this nation, for both the
physical and pecuniary means, to carry the design into effect. Whether
the national legislature will lend its aid to this most unwarrantable,
aggressive attempt, will depend on tlt-s VOICE OF THE PEOPLE,
expressed in their primary assemb.les, by their petitions and through
the ballot boxes.
The land speculations, aforesaid, have extended to most of the cities
and villages of the United States, the British colonies in America, and
the settlements of foreigners in all the eastern parts of Mexico. All
concerned in them are aware that a change in the government of the
country must take place, if their claims should ever be legalized.
The advocates of slavery, in our southern states and elsewhere,
want more land on this continent suitable for the culture of sugar and
cotton: and if Texas, with the adjoining portions of Tamaulipas,
Coahuila, Chihuahua, and Santa Fe, east of the Rio Bravo del Norte,
can be wrested from the Mexican government, room will be afforded
for the redundant slave population in the United States, even to a
remote period of time.
Such are the motives for action-such the combination of interests
-such tbe organization, sources of influence, and foundation of
authority, upon which the present Texas Insurrection rests. The resi-.
dent colonists compose but a small fraction of the party concerned in
it. The standard of revolt was raised as soon as it was clearly ascer-
tained that slavery could not be perpetuated, nor the illegal specula
tiQa in land continued, under the government of the Mexican Republic.
the. Mexican authorities were charged with acts of oppression, while
te true causes of the revolt-the motives and designs of the insurgents
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