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Annexation of Texas.-Resolutions in favor of annexing Texas
to the United States have passed the Texan Congress. It will how.
ever take two to make a bargain. The people of this country will
never sanction it unless slavery is first abolished-and perhaps not
then. We have too much territory now.-Southport (Illinois,)
Whatever step we take towards annexation, is gratuitious. This
whole subject has been so ably discussed by Dr. Channing, in his
recent letter to Mr. Clay, that it would be superfluous to enlarge up.
on it. I will only say that if, at this moment, when an all import-
ant experiment is in train, to abolish slavery by peaceful and legal
means in the British West Indies, the United States, instead of imi-
tating their example or even awaiting their result, should rush into
a policy of giving an indefinite extension to slavery over a vast re-
gion incorporated into their Union, we should stand condemned be-
fore the civilized world. It would be in vain to expect to gain
credit for any further professions of a willingness to be rid of sla-
very as soon as possible. No extenuation of its existence, on the
ground of its having been forced upon the country in its colonial
state, would any longer avail us. It would be thought, and thought
justly, that lust of power and lust of gold had made us.deaf to the
voice of humanity and justice. We should be self-convicted of the
enormous crime of having voluntarily given the greatest possible en-
largement to an evil, which, in concert with the rest of mankind,
we had affected to deplore, and that at a time when the public sen-
timent of the civilized world, more than at any former period, is
aroused to its magnitude.
There are other objections to the measure, drawn from its bear.
ing on our foreign relations, but it is unnecessary to discuss them.
Answer to Questions of his Constituents, 1837
MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE, 1843
Resolves against the annexation of Texas to the Union.
Resolved, That under no circumstances whatsoever can the peo.
ple of Massachusetts regard the proposition to admit Texas into the
Union, in any other light than as dangerous to its continuance in
peace, in prosperity, and in the enjoyment of those blessings which
it is the object of a free government to secure.
Resolved, That the Senators and Representatives of Massachu-
setts, in the Congress of the United States, be requested to spare no
exertions to oppose, and if possible to prevent the adoption of the
proposition referred to.
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor, be requested to
transmit one copy of these resolutions to the Executive of each of
the United States, and a like copy to each Senator and Representa.
tive in Congress from Massachusetts.
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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/m1/49/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .