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How can we style him a tyrant, who benevolently offered the
southern planters the noble privilege of tilling the land in the Prov.
ince of Texas, and that, too exempt from taxation for ten years ?
Can we call Santa-Anna a tyrant, who in 1829, passed a decree
that there should be no slaves held in his dominions after that year ?
Can we call him a tyrant, who opposed the eflorts of rebels, and
used them with deserved severity ? Do we call him a tyrant, who
fought and bled in a cause whose principles are immortal, and are
frorm the authority of God ?-who to contravene the efforts of those
who wished to substantiate more firmly the horrible system of sla-
very. Justice and equity-right and wrong, remain the same, not-
withstandinr the customs of man being vitiated by corruption, and
he calls that injustice which opposes him. Yes, Santa Anna too
well knew that there was no crime. however dreadful, that the sys-
tem of slavery did not tolerate and generate, and that a nation, how-
ever prosperous and wealthy, would fall into anarchy under its
VWhen Congress hiad not declared war with Mexico, what folly
was it for the troops of this nation to assume the power of commit.
ting hostilities ? So far have men been swallowed up in iniquity, that
their return for benevolence is foul ievelry and devastating destruc-.
tion. These things cannot continue long in such a state, where the
fundamrental principles of human un alien able rights are so impetu-
ously opposed. As christians, we cannot but believe, that such
conduct will ere long, call down the irresistable wrath and judg-
ment of an immutable and offended God.-Wroonsocket Patriot.
Much exultation is manifested by certain editors at the Texian
success of arms, as an advance of civil liberty. We could most cordi-
ally respond to their rejoicings did we believe that such would be
the result. We have a totally different opinion of the subject. We
believe it will be to extend and perpetuate Slavery-to rivet more
firmly the shackles of the oppressed Afiican, and that the hue and
cry for Texian liberty, means in fact no more than liberty to hold
slaves, and that the Constitution of the United States, should it ev-
er be extended over them, guaranteeing to them, in letter, "life, lib-
erty, ard property," would be to all but the lordly master, "a rheto-
rical flourish."--Hampshire Republican.
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