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THE ANTI-TEXASS LEGION.
for the love of which he could have the barefacedness to per-
petually fix the curse of slavery upon his country and make the
North an eternal bondman to the South.
The Governor of Vermont, in his Message of 1843, says,
,c There are strong reasons for anticipating that an attempt will
very soon be made to annex the republic of Texas to the United
States, as well for the purpose of creating a perpetual market for
slaves, as from that large territory, to carve oun slave States
enough to give a preponderacy in the Union to the Slave Power.
If such an attempt shall succeed, then woe betides our unhappy
country. Who then can hope that the wrath of Heaven can be
longer cons rained."
VERMONT STATE CONVENTION.
At the Vermont State Whig Convention, Nov. 1843; Resolved,
That we deprecate the contemplated Annexation of Texas to
the Union. We regard the movement to that end as originating
in a purpose to perpetuate the Slave Power; and deem it our
duty to declare, that such Annexation, if effected will be a virtual
dissolution of the Union-introducing as it will into the confede-
racy, parties entirely beyond the anticipation of the Constitution,
thereby abolishing the old by the constitution of a new political
family, and thus breaking up the foundation of our Federal Union.
[This is the continuation of the repeated protests of the Legis-
lature of the brave Green MIountain Boys; and the State Con-
vention of the land of steady habits, Connecticut, reveberates
the stirring strains. Will not the old State of New York and
Pennsylvania, and the new states of Ohio and Illinois, awake to
the echoes and prolong the truirpet tones of seventy-six.
That the project is entertained there can be no doubt, and it is
well to be prepared for the attempt, however it may turn out.
One thing is certain, that if northern men of all parties can ever
be united on any measure, there can be but one vote throughout
the entire North on this question, and that will be of stern, u nde-
viating, uncompronmising hostility to the annexation of Texas.
This measure they will oppose to the death, let who may sup-
port it. They can take no other course consistent with their
own honor, their own rights, their own preservation, and they
will never yield the point, never. They will not be driven
from the ground under any futile pretence that the honor or
safety of our flag is at stalke, nor hide from their eyes the real
question at issue-the perpetuation of slavery-however those in-
terested in the matter may seek to disguise and conceal it. Keen
eyed watchmen are upon the walls, and with them as sentinels
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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/m1/67/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .