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ters, to aid South Carolina in its revolt against the national govern-
ment. That Government remonstrates against such proceedings, as a
violation of neutrality, or even as an attempt to overthrow the govern-
mnent itself. To all its remonstrances; to all its complaints that
those armies and fleets were openly raised and fitted out, and that
they sailed " with drums beating, and fifes playing," for the land of
nullification; the reply of those foreign governments should be, that
those forces called themselves emigrating parties. Think ye, that
our government would be satisfied with this ? And who can tell but
this supposition may yet become history ? Who call say, that some
American Cataline, some Arnold, or Shays, or Burr, will not yet
rear the standard of rebellion against the government, and be aided
in this very way by the " emigrant" fleets and armies of those gov.
ernments that wish to see our republican institutions overthrown ?
We should remember the scripture maxim: "With the same mea-
sure that ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
These Texan emissaries appealed to the passions of our people
something after the manner following, as portrayed by a Mexican
"They claimed the assistance of the Americans as brothers; but
they took care to say nothini about how they had cheated these
brothers before they went to TE xas. They told them the Mexicans
are cruel, treacherous and cowardly; but they took care to say
nothing about their own deceitful, and treacherous conduct to the
Mexicans. They told them that the Mexican government, instead
of nourishing and cherishing the people of Texas, was their robber
and oppressor; but they carefully concealed, that the Mexicans had
given them lands for nothing-had never called upon them for any
sacrifice whatever-allowed them even the free exercise of their re-
ligion-and that their only robbers and oppressors were their fellow
citizens of the United States, who wanted to seize their lands.
They told them that in colonizing Texas, the Mexican government
owed them a favor, and not they to the Mexican government, but
they made no reference to the fact, that in the United States, every
territory was settled in the same manner, and that, too, after paying
well for the land, which they did not"-in Texas. " They assured
them that the Mexicans were bringing the savage Indians to mur-
der them; but they concealed that the Mexican troops protected
them from those very Indians, and that if the Indians are hostile, it
is on account of indignities offered by the Texans, and of being de-
prived of their lands by them. They spoke most pathetically of
hunger, thirst, dangers innumerable, and evils inexpressible in Tex-
as, all owing to the vile Mexicans; but they confessed not the
truth, namely, that from the Mexicans they not only got lands, but
also flocks and herds, and that the hardships incident to all new set.
tlements were scarcely ever felt in Texas. They declared, that it
was not they who were the aggressors, but the Mexican govern.
ment, without any provocation whatever; but they omitted the fact,
that the Mexican government had granted every law they wanted;
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