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There does not need any spasmodic exertion, any
self-sacrifice, any crusading spirit, to effect it. The
means are already at work which may compass it, if
principle, and morals, and religion can direct them.
Those means are found in the immense emigration
now in progress, froml free States. The only labor
necessary to those who would free Texas, or a part
of Texas, is in turning a comparatively small part of
this emigration thither. Some farther pains will be
needed, that such settlers shall not forget their northern
feelings beneath a southern sun; that they shall
retain the love of labor and the hatred of slavery,
which they feel sincerely when they leave their
homes. A calculation, based on the censuses of
1830 and 1840,* gives us a view of the emigration
from free States during that period, which we may
fairly take for the basis of calculation for the present
time. That emigration has doubtless increased with
the increase of the population of the country. The
westward emigration of that period was at the average
rate of two per cent. of the population of the
old free States at its commencement. If that average
were precisely correct at the present time, the
westward emigration of the present year, 1845,
would be 129,261 individuals. The emigration of
ten years, between 1840 and 1850, from the old
free States, to the new free States and territories,
will probably prove to be about 1,300,000 persons.
That of the ten years between 1830 and 1840 was
something more than 1,000,000 persons.
Now, cannot Northern Texas, south of the ridicuSee
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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/m1/9/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .