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N. P. ROGERS.
ship; expose them to the unutterable cruelties of the middle passage,
and, if they survive it, crush them with perpetual bondage.
I now ask, whether, as a people, we are prepared to seize on a
neighboring territory for the end of extending slavery ? I ask,
whether, as a people, we can stand forth in the siglit of God, in the
sight of the nations, and adopt this atrocious policy ? Sooner perish !
Sooner be our name blotted out from the record of nations !
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, 1838.
"Resolves against the annexation of Texas to the United States.
4' Whereas a proposition to admit into the United States, as a con.
stituent member thereof, the foreign nation of Texas, has been re-
commended by the legislative resolutions of several States, and
brought before Congress for its approval and sanction: and whereas
such a measure would involve great wrong to Mexico, and other
wise be of evil precedent, injurious to the interests and dishonorable
to the character of this country; and whereas its avowed objects are
doubly fraught with peril to the prosperity and permanency of this
Union, as tending to (disturb and destroy the conditions of those com-
promises and concessions entered into at the formation of the Consti-
tution, by which the relative weight of different sections and interests
was adjusted, and to strengthen and extend the evils of a system
which is unjust in itself, in striking contrast with the theory of our
institutions, and condemned by the moral sentiment of mankind: and
whereas the People of these United States have not granted to any or
all of the departments of their Government, but have- retained in
themselves, the only power adequate to the admission of a foreign na.
tion into this confederacy; therefore,
"Resolved. That we, the Senate and House of Representatives in
General Court assembled, do, in the name of the People of Massa-
chusetts, earnestly and solemnly protest against the incorporation of
Texas into this Union; and declare that no act done, or compact
made,, for such purpose, by the Government of the United States,
will be binding on the States or the People.
"Resolved, That his excellency the Governor be requested to for-
ward a copy of these resolves, and the accompanying report, to the
Executive of the United States, and the Executive of each State;
and also to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress,
with a request that they present the resolves to both Houses of Con-
NATHANIEL P. ROGERS.
We should not be surprised, if by reason of this slave-holding, our
nation should get involved in a war with Mexico-with all the re.
maining tribes of American Indians our christianity has spared, and
Great Britain besides, backed up by the sympathies of the whole
christian world. If it should, the Republic will be in an enviable
,predicament. British steamers and war craft cover the ocean. We
have Canada on the North, Aboriginality and Mexico on the West.
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