Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 41 of 72
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THE LEGION OF LIBERTY.
without their having an important bearing on our relations with other
governments. And here he took occasion to repel the expressions of
contempt which had fallen from Mr. Cushing, in which he spoke of
gentlemen cowering under the frown of Great Britain, and of being
actuated by a dread of British interferenoe. The people of New-
England would be tne very last to be actuated by such a feeling, as
the glorious history of this country would abundantly show. But
while we were ready to maintain our rights against all the world, it
was the part of wisdom and prudence not to be insensible to the dan-
ger of becoming needlessly embroiled with other governments. The
gentleman from South Carolina, (Mr. Pickens,) had given pretty
strong indications not only of a very strong sympathy with the cause
of Texas, but of a disposition to carry that feeling into our relations
with Mexico. He had alluded to what lie supposed to be a fact, that
the British governmont stood pledged to that of Mexico, to aid it un-
der certain contingencies. If this were true, it was of itself suffi-
c.ent to put every prudent statesman on his guard.
Mr. S. would tell gentlemen that their scheme never could be car-
ried into effect; there might be a union on parchment, but it never
could go down with the people of the northern states. Let the thought
be banished at once. Let not gentlemen deceive themselves-he
could tell them that the very moment they came out and showed their
hand they would find a spirit which they little dreamed of. He would
say to them, as a friend, " hands off." Let this government declare
at once to Texas, to Mexico, and to all the world beside, that such
a thing as a union between Texas and the United States was utterly
impracticable. When this should have been done, the government ol
Mexico would be more likely to open their ears to the claims of
American citizens. Let it be distinctly 'understood that the moment
we united ourselves with Texas, that moment we married ourselves
to a war. He was, therefore, for a proclamation of neutrality.
Why should this measure not be resorted to in relation to our neigh-
bors at one extremity of the union as to those at the other? We
did it relation to Canada, why not in regard to Texas and Mexico ?
We owed this to ourrelves and to the peace of the world. We stood
in a highly dangerous position-before we knew it the matches might
b3 applied to the magazine.
A VOICE FROM DELEWARE.-The following, we doubt not, ex.
presses the feelings of the people of that State-a state nearly free
from slavery.-Albany Patriot.
"Annexation of Texas to the U. States.-This accursed project
has been a favorite of the South for years past. It was cherished by
Jackson, and not frowned on by Van Buren, and is said to be a
darling with Tyler and some of the Guard. We have territory
enough-need no more, and to be saddled with Texas, and its dia-
bolical population, would probably cause a dissolution of the Uniona
We hope all patriotic and good men will lift their voices against
such a ruinous measure."-Wilmington Del. Republican, May, 1843e
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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/m1/41/: accessed February 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .