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(A.) See p. 4. We take from the Boston Advertiser the fob
lowing computations of the present and future balance of power
between the States.
It is the common habit of the people of this country, to look
forward with complacency to the prospect of the future growth
of the country in numbers, wealth and power; and therefore an
increase of territory, especially if it be such a territory as is capable
of sustaining a thinking population, is conceived to be, as
a matter of course, a desirable acquisition. There are many who
are accustomed to make calculations of the rate of increase, by
which the country will become, in the course of a few years, one
of the most powerful nations, not merely of the Western continent,
but of the civilized world. The ratio of increase which
has governed the growth of our population since the declaration
of independence, will, according to these calculations, in the
space of another fifty years, swell the population of the country
Long before this period shall arrive, they argue that the seat
of power, and the centre of population, will be transferred from
the Atlantic States to the Western side of the mountains.
To give the proper extension to the vast empire of which this
rich country is to become the seat, and to give it, as well as the
territory of the United States, a more regular conformation, the
annexation of Texas is necessary. By this annexation, also, the
object is expedited and rendered more sure, of transferring the
centre of population and influence to the banks of the Mississippi.
With this addition, and without allowing any great preponderance
to Oregon, the precise centre will be upon the father of
waters, and in a very few years there will be no contest for the
supremacy, between the East and the West. The only contest
for the seat of empire will .be between St. Louis and perhaps
Memphis, or some other city to be erected upon the banks of the
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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/m1/14/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .