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must command the sympathy of freemen and of
Christians the world over. It must arouse to the
fuill the zeal of those who are embarked in it. They
would labor not only as adventurers in a new land,
but as the pilgrims who were the pioneers there of
a great principle. And through these means they
would receive the blessing of that Providence which,
though it employ human means, always smiles on
such high principle, and guides it to success.
The result of such an emigration as has been supposed,
on the basis suggested, would be speedy and
important. If one tenth of the settlers who will
leave the old free States, within the ten next years,
should settle in Texas, there would be a population
in the midlands and uplands of Texas, at the end of
that time, and probably before, of more than 200,000
people. A great majority of these would be attached
to free institutions. Here would be the material
for two new free States, who would have such a
voice in the Texan legislature, as to compel their
separation when they should demand it, and who
would be ready to join this Union as separate and
independent States, before more than one slave
State could be carved out of the remainder of Texas.
On the ordinary calculation that five persons compose
a family, the emigration from the old free
States of 12,000 men, who would take with them
their families, or collect them around them in Texas,
would be a stock, with those whom they would find
there, from which would spring at once a new
State, to be independent of other Texan influence,
and to be free in its institutions and manners.
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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/m1/12/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .