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THE SLAVES OF SLAVERY.
HENRY A. WISE.
"Let Texas once proclaim a crusade against the rich States to the
south of her, and in a moment, volunteers would flock to her stand-
ard in crowds, from all the States in the great valley of the Missis-
sippi-men of enterprise and valor before whom no Mexican troops
could stand for an hour. They would leave their own towns, arm
themselves, and travel on their own cost, and would come up in
thousands, to plant the lone star of the Texan banner, on the Mexi-
can capitol. They would drive Santa to the South, and the bound-
less wealth of captured towns, and rifled churches, and a lazy, vic-
ious and luxurious priesthood, would soon enable Texas to pay her
soldiery, and redeem her State debt, and push her victorious arms
to the very shores of the Pacific. And would not all this extend the
bounds of slavery ? Yes, the result would be, that before another
quarter of a century, the extension of slavery would not stop short
of the Western Ocean. We had but two alternatives before us;
either to receive Texas into our fraternity of States, and thus make
her our own, or to leave her to conquer Mexico, and become our most
dangerous and formidable rival.
" To talk of restraining the people of the great Valley from emi-
grating to join her armies, was all in vain; and it was equally vain
to calculate on their defeat by any Mexican forces, aided by Eng-
land or not. They had gone once already; it was they that con-
quered Santa Anna, at San Jacinto; and three fourths of them, af-
ter winning that glorious field, had peaceably returned to their homes.
But once set before them the conquest of the rich Mexican provin-
ces, and you might as well attempt to stop the wind. This Gov-
ernment might send its troops to the frontier, to turn them back, and
they would run over them like a herd of buffalo.
"; Nothing could keep these booted loafers from rushing on, till
they kicked the Spanish priests out of the temples they profaned."-
Speech in Congress, April, 1842.
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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/m1/70/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .