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THE LEGION OF LIBERTY.
The report of the invasion of Texas by Mexico, is confirmed.
Many of our newspapers never tire in eulogizing the spirit of the
Texians on this occasion.
The conduct of a certain portion of our citizens in relation to the
belligerents deserves notice. A meeting has been held in Cincinnati,
to sympathize with the revolted province; a similar one in Philadel-
phia. Meantime, open efforts are made to enlist the people of the
United States in a crusade against Mexico. The National Intelli-
gencer coolly announces that "' a company of seventy emigrants,
well armed and equipped, left Mobile on the 24th ultiino for Texas,
on an exploring expedition." A correspondent of the Daily Message,
writing from New-Orleans, March 26th, says-that " fresh recruits
are marching from every quarter to aid them (the Texians,) in their
glorious struggle. Last Sunday the steamship Neptune left this port
with two hundred fearless and gallant spirits. May the God of bat.
tles crown their efforts with speedy and brilliant success."
Why have we no president's message to repress these hostile de-
monstrations towards a power, with which we arc at peace ? Here
are armed bands marching from this country against Mexico, in vio-
lation of good faith and of the laws of the United States, and yet
John Tyler, whose oath of office binds him to " take care that the
laws be faithfully executed," looks on and is silent! We all know
how prompt was the executive with its proclamation, when the hos-
tility of our northern borderers was likely to interrupt the friendly re-
lations with Great Britain. But circumstances alter cases. Eng,
land is a formidable, Mexico a feeble, power. We were afraid of the
former; but most valiantly do we bully the latter. Besides, slavery
had nothing to gain from irruptions into Canada; so a pro-slavery
government was most scrupulous in fulfilling the obligations imposed
by the laws of nations. But, having every thing to gain by the
separation of Texas from Mexico, the government which it controls,
connives at the most flagitious aggressions by our citizens on that
friendly state! And yet this government, after having permitted
many of its citizens to inflict outrage after outrage on Mexico, affects
a saint-like countenance, and complains of the hostility of our neigh-
oor ! Most perfidious !
" And thus I clothe my naked villiany,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil."
Some wretched trucklers to the powers that be, are apt to repre-
sent opposition to the administration of the government as treason
against the country. Poor fools ! they should be slaves to the grand
Turk. It is because we love our country-its honor, its interest-
that we abhor the government, as it has long been administered. It
- does not represent the people of the United States. It is the expo.
nent and instrument of one interest-the tool of a single class. That
interest is slavery, that class is made up of slave-holders and their
northern menials. Let the government be redeemed from this degra.
dation, and be controlled by the constitution, interpreted in the light
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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/m1/35/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .