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THE ANTI-TEXASS LEGION.
we fear little any insiduous approach or attack, if the people are
only prepared for action the instant the alarm is sounded. Let
all be ready at a moment's warning.
We have thrown out these hints merely as suggestions for the
consideration of the people. The Texas question bids fair to be
the most exciting and absorbing topic of public discussion, that
has arisen in this country in our day-one that will cast all
others into the shade, and shake the nation to its centre. Let us
be prepared to take a noble stand in relation to it, and to move
in one united mass, with a firmness that nothing can daunt, hav-
ing at least one common bond of union, and that-uncomprom-
ising hostility to the perpetuation of slavery by the annexation
The full atrocity of this plot is laid bare with brazen-faced ef..
rontery by its concocters. If Texas can be gained, and slavery
extended only at the risk of a war with England, who has the
audacity to wish to destroy slavery, the risk shall be run. This
Texas union a national concern ? Truly, these southern masters
of ours suppose our memories very short, or our spirits very
meek, when one day they warm us with braggadocio threats, that
they will allow no intrusion upon the privileges of their ' domes-
tic institutions,' and then, the next day, cuff and box our ears,
and say, ' come ye villains, to the defence of our rights. Have
ye not learned that it is the serf's glory to fight for his lord's
chattels?' Verily, this pretence that the honor of the United
States as a nation, as a republic, as a union of free States depends
upon extending the blessings of slavery over Mexico to the Pa-
cific, is the most astounding impudent assertion ever uttered by a
man not insane. Is it to be credited, that our people will swal-
low this unadultered absurdity this double-distilled hypocrisy?
Such, then, is the (langer. The impending election and our
jealousy of England's aggressive policy, are to be used to make
drunk, if possible, the good sense andt integrity of our nation.
But it is not possible. We cannot depend, perhaps, upon Con-
gress, nor upon party leaders. But we can depend upon our
countrymen. Minor questions will be merged. Party ties will
be broken. The danger is great, but the courage and energy
of the free States is sufficient for the emergency. What ought
to be done will be done. A vast body of the citizens of the free
States, at least, have quietly and resolutely made up their minIds
upon their duty; and not all the blustering of all the Hotspurs,
will make them swerve a hair's breadth from their purpose. And
if Congress or the Executive, by any device, still permit this pro.
vince of Mexico to be pushed within our boundaries, the Uni-
ted States will cease to be. We need but few words to announce
a plain duty. We of the free States must wash our hands of this
accursed scheme of perpetuating slavery. Be the consequence
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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/m1/68/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .