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They suppose, that is, that the population of Texas,
with the rapid increase which it shall gain when
united to this Confederacy, is to be a slave-holding
population; a population of the same views and
principles with that which first colonized the country,
and which now holds it.
In the ordinary course of emigration, this supposition
would prove true. Must it prove true, however
? May not northern men,-northern capitalists,
northern emigrants, northern fathers and mothers,
northern teachers and pupils,-change this condition
? May not the north pour down its hordes
upon these fertile valleys, and bear civilization, and
Christianity and freedom into their recesses ? Northern
energy has peopled and civilized southern countries
heretofore-may it not again ?
We ask to the questions the attention of all considerate
men, who view the admission to the Union,
of Texas, as Texas now is, as an evil. We may not,
we ought not to leave Texas as it is. We ought, by
acting in Texas, by our emigrants in Texas, by our
moral influence in Texas, by our votes in Texas, to
continue there the contest of freedom, in the first
skirmish of which we have been defeated. We
ought thus to prevent the four last evils which have
been named. We ought to hasten the end of slavery
in South Eastern Texas, and make Northern and
Western Texas free. We ought to restore the balance
of power.between the free and slave States.
We ought to place in Texas a population of high
principle, if we can; and we ought to attain such
influence in Texan councils, that Texas shall be
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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/m1/5/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .