An Appeal to the People of Massachusetts, on The Texas Question. Page: 3 of 20
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THE course pursued by thle Administration in reference
to the annexation of Texas ienders a crisis inevitable. As
the policy is developed, -as its consequences begin to be
seriously contemplated, -as the spirit of the movement is clearly
manifested, - the people of the Free States will cease to be
apathetic, and, under the circumstances which may arise, can
hardly fail to become intensely excited. The tone of the
Message and of Mr. Calhoun's correspondence has at once
deprived the Northern advocates of the measure of the advantage
of a prudent and I" humbugging " policy. Mr. Calhoun's
views have exploded the theory, seized upon with avidity by
some who have evidently been desirous of misleading others,
that the annexation of Texas might tend to the abolition of
slavery. It is now clear that the only design of the measure
- the avowed design, too- is, to fortify, extend, and perpetuate
the slave-holdi,g power ; to insure to tile Slave-holding
States the control of the General Government for all domestic
purposes ; and to make the General Government, in their
hands, instrumental in ef.ecting a foreign policy wlhich shall
place this country in immediate and constant hostility to England
upon the great question of universal emancipation, and
in reference to all measures and interests connected therewitlI.
Now, that tills is a project as dangerous as it is wicked, and
as alarming as it is bold, will be seen - and it may be pie1
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Allen, George, 1792-1883. An Appeal to the People of Massachusetts, on The Texas Question., pamphlet, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2360/m1/3/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .