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pression that it would not be attempted, was without doubt, the prin.
cipal secret of its success. The friends of liberty and the unior
should see well to it that they are not caught slumbering a second
time, on their posts. If they are, they must not be surprised if the
wreck of our free institutions should finally prove to have been owing
to their own inactivity and supineness. We call on all good citizens
and especially on those who have influence with the individuals now
in power, to step forward at a crisis like the present, and save the
administration, by savin.g the country from blood guiltiness, from re.
tribution, from disgrace, disaster, and irretrievable ruin.-Friend of
Message of President Jackson to the House of Representatives,
December 22, 1836.
"The acknowledgment of a new state as independent and entitled
to a place in the family of nations, is at all times an act of great
delicacy and responsibility; but more especially so, when such state
has forcibly separated itself from another, of which it had formed an
integral part, and which still claims dominion over it. A premature
recognition, under these circumstances, if not looked upon as justi-
fiable cause of war, is always liable to be regarded as a proof of an
unfriendly spirit to one of the contending parties."
Extract from the general order of General Jackson, for the execu.
tion of Arbuthnot and Ambrister: "It is an established principle of
the law of nations, that any individual, of any nation, making war
against the citizens of another nation, they being at peace, forfeits
his allegiance, and becomes an outlaw and a pirate."
If this principle is correct, then by the rules of war, Santa Anna
was right in executing the prisoners that he took in Texas, for they
were, most of them, confessedly of this country. Here were their
homes, before a love of plunder and of glory induced them to go to
Texas, to fight against a government with which their native coun-
try was at peace.-Liberator.
WILLIAM B. TAPPAN.
Admit her to the Union ? Yes !
If our democracy can bow
To kings, and is prepared to kiss
The loathsome hem of tyrants now;
From principles that years have tried
If thus we fall, no longer men,
And to our fathers' deeds of pride
Are recreant-why admit her then !
If slavery's foul and damning spot
Must here increase like Ahab's cloud,
Blackening the moral heavens till not
One star shall blaze upon the proud;
If thus, a spectacle of scorn
To nations, we're content,-let men
Lift up the consummated horn
Of infamy-admit her then !
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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/m1/48/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .