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menting Indian disturbances, but in reality in aid of, and acting in
singular concert and coincidence with, the army of the revolution
ists; the entire neglect of our Government to adopt any efficient
measures to prevent the most unwarrantable aggressions of bodies
of our own citizens, enlisted, organized, and officered within our own
borders, and marched in arms and battle array upon the territory,
and against the inhabitants of a friendly Government. in aid of free-
booters and insurgents; and the premature recognition of the in-
dependence of Texas, by a snap vote, at the heel of a session of
Congress, and that, too, at the very session when President Jackson
had, by special message, insisted that " the measure would be con-
trary to the policy invariably observed by the United States, in all
similar cases, would be marked with great injustice to Mexico, and
peculiarly liable to the darkest suspicions, inasmuch as the Texans
were almost all emigrants from the United States, and sought the re-
cognition of their independence with the avowed purpose of obtain-
ing their annexation to the United States;" these occurrences are
too well known and too fresh in the memory of all to need more than
a passing notice. These have become matters of history. For fur.
ther evidence on all these and other important points, we refer to
the memorable speech of John Quincy Adams, delivered in the
House of Representatives during the morning hours of June and Ju.
ly, 1838, and to his address to his constituents, delivered at Brain-
tree, September 17, 1842.
The open avowal of the Texans themselves, the frequent and anx-
ious negotiations of our own Government, the resolutions of vari-
ous States of the Union, the numerous declarations of members of
Congress, the tone of the Southern press, as well as the direct ap.
plication of the Texan Government, make it impossible for any man
to doubt that annexation and the formation of several new slave-
holding States and the Executive of the natio~i.
The same references will show, very conclusively, that the par-
ticular objects of this new acquisition of slave territory were the per-
petuation of slavery and the continued ascendancy of the slave
We hold that there is not only t" no political necessity" for it, " no
advantages to be derived from it," but that there is no. constitution-
al power delegated to any department of the National Government,
to authorize it; that no act of Congress, or treaty for annexation,
can impose the least obligation upon the several States of this Un-
ion to submit to such an unwarrantable act, or to receive into their
family and fraternity such misbegotten and illegitimate progeny.
We hesitate not to say, that annexation, effected by any act or
proceeding of the Federal Government, or any of its departments,
would be identical with dissolution. * It would be a violation of our
national compact, its objects, designs, and the great elementary
principles which entered into its formation, of a character so deep
and fundamental, and would be an attempt to eternize an institu-
tion and a power of nature so unjust in themselves, so injurious to
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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/m1/59/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .