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D. L. CHILD.
The West Indies on the south, with 3,000,000 dark allies, dispersed
upon the plantations, to facilitate and further a visit to the " Patriot
States,"-and New Brunswick beyond the pine woods of the disputed
territory. To meet all this, we have a bankrupt treasury-a corrupt
and confounded people--the " peculiar institution," to inspirit us, and
Texas to help us, as an ally. There is not a people under heaven,
that could sympathize with us in such a contest, but the Republic of
Texas. Texas is a Republic, to be sure, and almost the only one on
earth, besides ours. Her Republican sympathy would out weigh that
of monarchy and despotisms, on the other side. But then it would
not work to much purpose for us, against the pressure of the British
steamer. It would not avail us greatly as a counter propulsion. It
might inspire our hearts, with enthusiasmn to fight for slavery and
equal rights,-but it would not waft artillery, like the floats of the
British steam ship, or guard us from the tomahawk of the universal
west, which such a war would call back against us from all the re-
gions of Indian banishment, where revenge has been sharpening its
edge, and hushing the animosities of the hostile tribes in one over
whelming enmity to the race, that has outraoed their love of home.
and native land, and fathers' graves. And if we fall in such a war-
fare, it would be glorious enough-however unfortunate for the cause
of Liberty. Slavery has been troublesome to us, ever since we were
a nation. But we have seen but tlhe beginning of sorrows. It can-
not remain well with us. It were in impeachment of the equal ways
of Providence, if such a nation as this has been, can have prosperity,
or experience any thing but signal retribution. To have enslaved hu
inanity, under circumstances like these, is no light transgression, and
brings with it, naturally, no light retribution. And our solemn
statesmen,-when it burst upon us, can no more devise relief or es-
cape, than Belshazzar's wise men could help him in his extremity, or
read the writing on the wall.-Herald of Freedom
DAVID LEE CHILD.
What authority had president Jackson to commence the war in
Texas ? Not a jot more than Gen. Gaines. His power, in respect
to making war upon a foreign nation, is restricted by the constitu-
tion to the repelling of invasions; and he cannot, without a violation
of the constitution, and his oath, march a man beyond the limits of
the Union. If it be true, as there appears no reason to doubt, that
he has done this, he ought by law to be impeached, and expelled
from office, and then punished by fine and imprisonment, or given
up to the injured nation to be punished by them for any murder or
robbery, which the troops may commit in pursuing his orders. He
has no more right to enter Mexico, seize property and slay inhabi-
tants, whether Indians or others, than any citizen of the United
States has to go into Great Britain and do it. Such acts will be rob-
bery, piracy, or murder, and ought to be punished accordingly.
The power of declaring war is vested exclusively in the congress
of the United States; and there cannot be a lawful war, and one
which shall confer upon those taking part in it, the rights of war,
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