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promised protection to all orderly settlers; and only wanted to pun.
ish and expel land speculators and jobbers, who had introduced
themselves from the United States, with slaves. They tempted
them with the large tracts of fertile land that the grateful Texians
would allow them for their assistance against the Mexicans; but
they (the land jobbers) concealed, that they themselves, by false
titles and usurpation, pretended a right to all the lands in Texas
that were valuable; that they wanted to resist the Mexican govern.
ment, to preserve these lands unlawfully acquired; and that the
Texans, in place of sympathizing with them, hated them as spoilers
of the commonwealth, and disturbers of the public peace."
We have received communications on both sides of the question
of consenting to the Annexation of Texas to our Federal Union.
We cannot make room for them, deeming it incredible that any sane
man should favor such Annexation, and having no room to waste
on fighting shadows. Whenever the question shall be brought be-
fore the country by the advocates of Annexation, we shall be found
among the most determined, untiring opposers of any such measure.
Our country is quite large enough now; Texas is burthened with
war and debt; her people are too generally improvident and idle, and
we would far sooner spare many more such than take them back
again. Besides, any attempt to annex Texas to the Union would
excite the bitterest jealousy and hostility in England, France, and
throughout the civilized world. Why not let well enough alone ?
If the Texans prefer to live in the United States, they can easily
come back here-far more easily than they can maintain themselves
where they are.
We have reports that the Southern States favor the Annexation,
but do not vet find evidence to confirm them. Why should the
South seek needlessly to renew the perils of the Missouri controver-
sy ?-to throw the whole subject of Slavery into the arena of party
politics and bar-room altercation ? No, no: the old and safe rule of our
International policy-," Equal justice to all; entangling alliances
with none,"'-must be adhered to, or we shall be afloat on a fathom-
less, shoreless sea of troubles. Let us be wise now.-Nov. 1842.
We are fearful that the importance and truth of Mr. Adams's re.
marks in reference to the conspiracy existing among slaveholding
politicians, to annex Texas to the Union, will not be felt by the peo-
ple generally, until they wake up to find the object of the conspira-
cy consummated, or so nearly consummated that resistence will be
If, through supineness and indifference, the North permits this
great object of the South to be accomplished, there will be an end
of all independence and free legislation, on the part of the free
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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/m1/53/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .