Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 7 of 72
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The period has indeed arrived-THE CRISIS IS NOW-when
the wise, the virtuous, the patriotic, the philanthropic of this nation,
must examine, and reflect, and deeply ponder the momentous subject
under consideration. Already we see the newspaper press in some
of the free states, openly advocating the system of slavery, with all its
outrages and abominations. Individuals occupying influential stations
in the comlmunity at large, also countenance aiid encourage it, and
even instigate the vile rabble to oppose, maltreat, and trample on the
necks of those who dare to plead the cause of the oppressed. At the
ensuing session of our national congress, the great battle is to be fought,
that must decide the question now at issue, aiid perhaps even seal the
fate of this republic. The senators and representatives of the people
will then be called on to sanction the independence of Texas, and also,
to provide for its admission, as a SLAVEHOLDING STATE, into
this Union. These measures will positively be proposed, in case the
Mexican government fails to suppress the insurrection very soon, and
to recover the actual possession of the territory. A few of our most
eminent statesmen will resist the proposition with energy and zeal;
but unless the PUBLIC VOICE be raised against the unhallowed
proceeding, and the sentiments of the people be most unequivocally
expressed in the loudest tones of disapprobation, they will be unable
to withstand the influence and power of their antagonists. Arouse,
then! and let your voice be heard through your primary assemblies,
your legislative halls, and the columns of the periodical press, in every
section of your country!
Citizens of the United States!-Sons of the Pilgrims, and disciples
of Wesley and Penn !-Coadjutors and pupils of Washington, Jeffer-
son, and Franklin!-Advocates of freedom and the sacred "rights of
7man !"-WVill you longer shut your eyes, and slumber in apathy, while
thle demon of oppression is thus stalking over the plains consecrated
to the uenius of liberty, anid fertilized by the blood of her numerous
mnartyrs?-W Vill you permit the authors of this gigantic project of
nation:al aggression, interminable slavery, and Heaven-daring injustice,
to perfect their diabolical schemes through your supineness, or with
the sanction of your acquiescence ? lf they succeed in the accomplish-
ment of their object, where will be your guarantee for the liberty which
you, yourselves eIjoy? WVhen the advocates of slavery shall obtain
the balance of power in this confederation ; when they shall have
corrupted a few more of the aspirants to office among you, and opened
an illimitable field for the operations of your heartless land-jobbers and
slave-nmerchants, (to secure their influence in effecting the unholy
puriposes of their ambition,) how long will you be able to resist the
encroachlments of their tyrannical influence, or prevent them from
usurping and exercising authority over you? ARISE IN THE
MAJESTY OF MORAL POWER, and place the seal of condem-
nation upon this flagrant violation of natioinal laws, of human rights
and the eternal. immutable principles of justice.-.N'ational Enquirer
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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/m1/7/: accessed November 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .