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Whereas this limited Government possesses no power to extend
its jurisdiction over any foreign nation; and no foreign nation,
country, or people, can be admitted into this Union but by the sov
ereign will and act of the free people of all and each of these United
States; nor without the formation of a new compact of union, and
another frame of government radically different in objects, principles
and powers, from that which was framed for our own self-govern-
ment, and deemed to be adequate to all the exigencies of our own
free Republic: Therefore,
Resolved, That we have witnessed with deep concern the indi.
cations of a disposition to bring into this Union, as a constituent
member thereof, the foreign province or territory of Texas.
Resolved, That although we are fully aware of the consequences
which must follow the accomplishment of such a project, could it be
accomplished-aware that it would lead speedily to the conquest
and annexation of Mexico itself, and its fourteen remaining provin-
ces or ittendencies, which, together with the revolted province of
Texas, would furnish foreign territories and foreign people for at
least twenty members of the new Union. That it would load the
nation with debt and taxes, and, by involving it in perpetual war
and commotions, both foreign and internal, would furnish a pretence
(which a state of war never fails to furnish) for the assumption and
exercise of powers incompatible with our free republican institu.
tions, and subversive of the liberties of the People. That the gov.
ernment of a nation so extended and so constructed would soon be.
come radically changed in character, if not in form; would una-
voidably becore a military government, and, under the plea of ne-
cessity, would free itself from the restraints of the Constitution, and
from its accountability of the People.
That we are fully aware of the deep degradation into which this
young Republic would sink itself, in the eyes of the whole world,
should it annex to its own vast territories other and foreign territo.
ries of immense though unknown extent, for the purpose of encourag-
ing the propagation of slavery, and promoting the raising of slaves
within its own bosom-the very bosom of freedom-to be exported
and sold in those unhallowed regions. Although we are fully aware
tf these fearful evils, and numberless others which would come in
their train, yet we do not here dwell upon them, because we are firm
ly cotnvinced that the free People of most, and we trust of all these
States, will never suffer the admission of the foreign territory of Tex-
as into this Union as a constituent member thereof; will never suf-
fer the integrity of this Republic to be violated, either by the intro.
duction and addition to it of foreign nations or territories, one or ma-
ny, or by the dismenberment of it by the transfer of any or more of
its members to a foireign nation. The People will be aware, that,
should one foreign State or country be introduced, another and an.
other may be, without end, whether situated in South Amrrerica, in
the West India islands, or in any other part of the world; and that
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