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IE. W. GOODWI1,.
without such declaration. Supposing Corn. Porter, when he entereu
the town of Foxardo, in the Island of Porto Rico,-or Aaron Burrs
when he entered Texas, thirty years ago, had been taken with their
officers and men; would they not have been put to death agreeably
to the law of nations. So would Gen. Jackson and his men, when,
in two instances, they deliberately marched into Florida, and seized
the towns and possessions of Spain. If the constitution had been
supported, and the laws of the land faithfully executed, on either of
those occasions, we should not now have had a president who would
have ventured to issue an order to' invade a friendly country and be-
gin a war; nor a general who would dare to obey it, nor a subordi-
nate officer, who would not throw up his commission, nor a soldier
who would not throw down his arms at the frontier, and refuse, as
they might lawfully and dutifully do, to be the instrumnents of usur-
pation, and the perpetrators of crime.
And where are the remonstrances of the press, and the meetings
of the people ? Where are the friends of universal peace, and above
all, where is the Christian priesthood ? And you merchants, ship-
owners, and underwriters, where are you ? Know you not that this
presidential measure is fatally opposed to the purest devotion to self-
interest that ever chilled a half-penny heart ? Awake, arise; it is
not (only) a breach of the constitution. There is a breach in the
If any circumstance could enhance the intrinsic wickedness of the
executive proceedings, it is the end and object at which they are
aiming. It is to PROPAGATE SLAVERY, or in other words,
perpetual robbery, rapine, and murder throughout a vast and beauti-
ful region, now, by the laws of Mexico, perfectly free. It is to open
a new and interminable slave-market to the old slave-breeding sinners
of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and other old
slave states, and to flesh-mongers every where. It is to bring into
this Union, for the benefit of NULLIFIERS, FIVE TO TEN new slave
states, each with a Constitution, not only establishing slavery, but
also forbidding their own legislatures ever to abolish it. This is a
provision of the new constitution of Texas, formed since the strug.
gle for liberty commenced! The old or Mexican constitution of
Texas abolisIned slavery forever!
And the free states are willing to pay three fourths of the taxes
(as they ever must so long as they are raised on consumption) to sup.
port a war for these objects; for, remember if war exists, ' appropria.
tions must be made to carry it on.'
EDWIN W. GOODWIN.
TEXAS.-A correct idea of the importance, magnitude, and power
of that nation, for which such an anxiety is expressed that it may be
united with this country, may be obtained from the fact that the
whole vote for President at the late election, was 10,084; only about
one-ninth as many votes as were cast at our late presidential elEctioa
in the single state of Illinois.
The national debt of this imnmense people is $11,602,127, includ-
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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/m1/32/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .