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lous " compromise line,"* be included among these
free States and territories ? It is what Wisconsin
was five years since. Cannot some part of this emigration
of northern free men and women be led
thither ? If only a tenth part took that course, there
would be in 1855 a population of 150,000 free men
in those districts. There would not be a half or a
quarter of that number of slaveholders. Place free
and slave labor together, on fair ground, with no
prejudice to favor the one or the other, and as sure
as God's word is true, as sure as truth is stronger
than falsehood, as sure as hope is stronger than fear,
as sure as the soul, and the heart, and the mind, have
more power than passions or terrors, in inducing
men to labor,-so surely will free labor obtain a
hold in any country, and drive out the forced labor
Though the space allowed in this pamphlet scarcely
permits allusion to any but the political and moral
inducements to such a turn of emigration, it offers a
full display of temptations to the settler, even had
he not such views as these. So he be assured that
the new States to be made in Northern Texas shall
be free States, that his children and his children's
children shall grow up in a truly free land, he will
find in Texas a thousand advantages which neither
Michigan, nor Wisconsin, nor Iowa, nor Illinois can
offer. The climate is milder, the variety of timber
is greater, and it is more generally dispersed ;-the
soil is as good as any in the world. The published
accounts of the midlands of Texas, from which we
* See Appendix D.
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Hale, Edward Everett, Sr., 1822-1909. How to Conquer Texas, Before Texas Conquers Us, pamphlet, January 1, 1845; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2357/m1/10/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .