Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 45 of 72
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star-spangled banner of our republic, she can legally fasten iron chains
on the bodies, and the far worse than iron chains, the corroding ma.
nacles of ignorance and servitude on, in, and all around the mindA
of her slaves.-The Pawtucket Chronicle.
TExAs.-Shall this land of slavery, this immense reservoir of col
lected abominations, become an integral part of this nation ?
The avowed object is to secure ' the safety and repose of the south-
ern states:' that is, in plain King's English, to rivet the chains of
slavery not on the slave only but the nation.
In Rome, next to crucifixion the most infamous punishment con-
sisted in lashing to the felon's back a dead and putrefying carcass.
That we as a nation have reached the point of criminality at which
justice might righteously doom us to carry ' this body of death,' is
what we dare not deny. But we are called upon to bind the burden
on our own backs-to do it freely-and by a deliberate act of na-
tional legislation, to proclaim that we are worthy of the infamous
punishment, and are ready to bow down and bear it!
What then is to be done ? Petition Congress. This is a legiti-
mate remedy. On this question all may unite, except the slave-holder,
without distinction of party, sect, or place. Let public sentiment
then, concentrating its decisive and determined energies into one loud
and defening veto, meet the proposed measure on the threshold. Let
it be seen that however artfully the demon of oppression may lay his
plans, the friends of freedom are prepared at every point to meet him.
LEGISLATURE OF VERMONT.
Resolved by the Senate an2d House of Representatives, That the
Senators in Congress be instructed, and our Representatives requested
to use their influence in that body to prevent the annexation of Texas
to the union.
That, representing as we do the people of Vermont, we do, here-
by, in their name, solemnly protest against such annexation in any
That as the representatives of the people of Vermont, we do so-
lemnly protest against the admission into this union, of any state
whose constitution tolerates domestic slavery-
That congress have full power by the constitution, to abolish sla-
very and the slave trade in the district of Columbia and in the terri.
tories of the United States.
That our senators in congress be instructed and our representatives
requested to present the foregoing report and resolutions to their re-
spective houses in congress, and use their influence to carry the same
speedily into effect.
That the governor of this state be requested to transmit a copy of
the foregoing report and resolution3 to the president of the United
States, and to each of our senators and representatives in congress
November 1, 1837.
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