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THE LEGION OF LIBERTY.
greatest abhorrence; and they cherish an earnest hope that in their
decisions, considerations of humanity, justice, and liberty will be
firmly held paramount to every other. On behalf of the Committee,
G. W. ALEXANDER, Chairman.
Until lately. Texas was, as it now is of right, a part of the re-
public of Mexico. While Mexico was under the dominion of Spain,
slavery was tolerated there. But on becoming independent of the
mother countly, she, with a consistency of which our country would
have done well to set the example, gave liberty to her bondmen, and
declared, that slavery should exist no more within her borders forever.
With this state of things, the people were evidently well enough sa-
tisfied. For, they were not the hypocrites to withhold from others
the liberty which they had fought and bled to secure for themselves.
They had not yet been contaminated by association with North Ameri-
can republicans. They would, therefore, to a man, have remained
satisfied, but for the ' foreign interference'-the emigration into
their country of a desperate set of speculators, gamblers, blacklegs,
fleshmongers, slave-drivers, and demagogues, from these United
States. These miserable libels upon humanity, though they did not
without great difficulty, and never wholly, succeed in joining to their
causes the old settlers of the soil, did, nevertheless, by accession to
their numbers from this country, and by aid of friends they left be-
hind, who, unlike themselves it seems, had not quite patriotism
enough to leave their country for their country's good, ultimately felt
themselves sufficiently strong to attempt the transfer of their allegi-
ance fiom Mexico to the governmrent of the United States. They
desired to establish slavery in their new country. It was one of the
chief objects of their rebellion. The plan was regarded with favor
by the slave-holding members of this Union, as also by certain land-
sharks of the free states, who had made investments in Texan lots.
The former saw in it a powerful means of strengthening their '" pe-
culiar institution." Both knew, if it succeeded, it would put money
into their pockets.
There are perils, and those imminent-perils, which in the opirion
of many wise men threaten to lock forever the fetters of the slave,
and even to throw the links of the chain around the limbs of the free.
If Texas, say they,-the land of the pirate and the murderer, the
common sewer into which is drained all the filth which is too abomi-
nable even for the slaves states to endure-if Texas be annexed to
the United States, then slavery will be forever entailed upon us, and
the preponderance which will be given to the slave-holding interest
in the councils of the nation, by that event, will render the freemen
of the north but the serfs of a southern task-master. If Texas be
not annexed, then the Union will be dissolved; a slave-holding eon-
federacy will be formed, and slavery forever perpetuated.
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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/m1/43/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .