How to Conquer Texas, Before Texas Conquers Us Page: 15 of 16
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Mississippi, instead of retaining it where the seat of government
is now placed, upon the banks of the Potomac.
The present number of States being 26, the bills now reported
in the House of Representatives, providing for the admission of
Iowa and Florida, with a provision for a future subdivision of the
latter into two States; and Wisconsin being now by its population
entitled to admission whenever it shall request it, we have
30 States, independently of Texas. Should the proviso for the
subdivision of Florida be rejected, [as it since has been,] the
number of States will be 29; with the addition of six States
from Texas the number will be 35, and with another from Florida,
36. The balance of States will then be as follows:
Number of States. Square miles.
Western States, 21 or 20 990,000
Atlantic States, 15 321,400
Slaveholding States, inc. Delaware, '21 or 20 883,400
Free States, 15 438,000
EXCLUSIVE OF TEXAS.
Western States, 15 or 14 672,000
Atlantic States, 15 321,000
Slaveholding States, 15 or 14 565,400
Free States, 1 15 438,000
It will be observed, that the States bordering on the Gulf of
Mexico are classed with the Western States, and that the Western
Territories not yet entitled to admission as States, with Oregon,
are not included in this computation.
(B.) See p. 4. The injury which we have last mentioned is
that most dwelt on by Mr. Benton, in his conclusive speech
against Mr. Brown's resolution. That resolution admits Texas
as one State. By the constitution of the United States, no
State can be subdivided without the consent of its own authorities.
The subdivision of Georgia from its original size was only
obtained after long delay, by grants to that State of land, and of
services in removing Indians, from the federal government,
amounting, according to Mr. Benton, eventually, to more than
$i20,000,000. This became, then, he said in closing, a matter
of calculation. If it required twenty years, and $20,000,000, to
induce Georgia, without debt as she was, to give up territory for
one State, how long and how much will it take to induce debtridden
Texas, to cede territory for four or five States ?
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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/m1/15/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .