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of the Declaration of Independence, and then may we expect to
see this republic respecting the rights of all mankind, acting with even-
handed justice towards all nations, the weak, as well as powerful.--
NATIONAL A. S. STANDARD.
Let abolitionists be on their guard, and not be deceived by quieting
rumors. We have it from high authority, too well informed to be mis. .a
taken, that the slaveholders were never more intent upon their favorite
plan of annexing Texas than at the present moment. They are doubt-
less ready to spring the trap at any favorable moment. Let not aboli-
tionists be lulled to sleep by the disclaimer of General Hamilton, who
says he would rather not have Texas belong to the United States. Cats
have covered themselves with meal before now to catch old rats. Neither
let them be too sure that the rumored mediation of France and England
between Mexico and Texas is going to avert the danger of annexation.
It is indeed difficult to foretell what will be the result of all this plot-
ting and underplotting; but one thing is certain-abolitionists have
need to keep wide awake; for no single event involves such disastrous
consequences to the cause of fieedom, as this.
Let the opinion of the free States be earnestly and perseveringly
expressed in the form of petitions and the action on the State legisla-
tures on Congress. There is need of this. Be not lulled into false
security. Will anti-slavery papers copy the articles which we have fromn-
the New-York American ? Prevention is much easier than cure. We
trust the English and Irish abolitionists will keep themselves well in-
formed on this important question, and will see that John Q. Adams's
Address at Braintree is extensively circulated.-L. Maria Child. v
WILLIAM L. MACKENZIE.
The intrigues of the United States slave-owners it was, which con-
verted Texas into a place of bondage in the man of color. Honest
Mexico had made it free alike to all men in 1829, and for this offence
has southern vengeance and European diplomacy continued to strike
at the tranquillity of her devoted population ever since, while it is whis-
pered that Cass, the agent of the south in Paris, was not unfriendly to
Louis Phillipe's villainous attack.
Again, Cuba was about to seek independence, and offer equal liber-
ty to all its inhabitants some years ago. But it is well known that
Messrs. Clav and Adams in 1827, and Mr. Van Buren and Mr. Van
Ness in 1829, made the most urgent remonst,rances to old Spain against
permitting such a step. The south was ready to tender the aid of
the arms of tlihe great American republic to crush a struggle
for freedom, which might end in yielding an asylum to a Virginsa
mulatto slave. Not content with the gains of their own serfs, the
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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/m1/36/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .