Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 9 of 72
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JOHN Q. ADAMS.
United States, that she should cede to the United States a very large
portion of her territory-large enough to constitute nine states equal
in extent to Kentucky. It must be confessed, that, a device better
calculated to produce jealousy, suspicion, ill-will, and hatred, could
not have been contrived. It is further affirmed, that this overture,
offensive in itself, was made precisely at the time when a swarm of
colonists from these United States were covering the Mexican border
with land-jobbing, and with slaves, introduced in defiance of the
Mexican laws, by which slavery had been abolished throughout that
republic. The war now raging in Texas is a Mexican civil war, and
a war for the re-establishment of slavery where it was abolished. It
is not a servile war, but a war between slavery and emancipation, and
every possible effort has been made to drive us into the war, on the
side of slavery.
And again I ask, what will be your cause in such a war ? Aggres-
sion, conquest, and the re-establishment of slavery, where it has been
abolished. In that war, sir, the banners offreedomn will be the banners
of Mexico; and your banners, I blush to speak the word, will be the
banners of slavery.
And low complicated? Your Seminole war is already spreading
to the Creeks, and. in their march of desolation, they sweep along with
them your negro slaves, and put arms into their hands to make common
cause with them against you, and how far will it spread, sir, should a
Mexican invader, with the torch of liberty in his hand, and the standard
of freedom floating over his head, proclaimin emancipation to the slave,
and revenge to the native Indian, as he goes, invade your soil ? What
wvill be the condition of your states of Louisiana, of Mississippi, of
Alabama, of Arkansas, of Missouri, and of Georgia? Where will be
your negroes ? WVhere will be that combined and concentrated mass
of Indian tribes, whom, by an inconsiderate policy, you have expelled
from their widely distant habitations, to embody them within a small
compass on the very borders of Mexico, as if on purpose to aive that
country a nation of natural allies in their hostilities against you? Sir,
you have a Mexican, an Indian, and a negro war upon your hands,
and you are plunging yourself into it blindfold; you are talking about
acknowledging the independence of the republic of Texas, and you are
thirsting to annex Texas, ay, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas, and Santa
Fe, from the source to the mouth of the Rio Bravo, to your already
over-distented dominions. Five hundred thousand square miles of the
territory of Mexico would not even now quench your burning thirst for
Great Britain may have no serious objection to the independence of
Texas, and may be willing enough to take her under her protection, as
a barrier both against Mexico and against you. But, as aggrandize-
ment to you she will not readily suffer it; and, above all, she will not
suffer you to acquire it by conquest and the re-establishment of slavery.
Urged on by the irresistible, overwhelming torrent of public opinion,
Great Britain has recently, at a cost of one hundred millions of dollars,
which her people have joyfully paid, abolished slavery throughout all
her colonies in the West Indies. After setting such an example, she will
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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/m1/9/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .