Address on the annexation of Texas, and the aspect of slavery in the United States, in connection therewith: delivered in Boston November 14 and 18, 1845 Page: 15 of 56
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Thus much, at least, we can refrain from doing ; and still
we may not be inactive. We cannot be inactive. So far
from it, if the true spirit of the cause has taken possession of
our hearts, we shall find ourselves able and disposed every
day to perform some active service that will promote it.
Every effort to diffuse information, still so much needed, every
word of expostulation or encouragement uttered in the
ear of an unconcerned or irresolute neighbour, - every abandonment
of prejudice and every sacrifice of unworthy feeling
which we find to be still required of ourselves, - every manifestation
of our sentiments and the exertion of our influence
upon proper occasions, is so much which may be done by
every individual amongst us. Acting together, too, as individuals
merged in masses, in the mighty combinations which
have been formed under the impulse of our religious and
political sympathies, we have it in our power to give or to
refuse, and we are so situated that we must decide to give or
to refuse, the vast weight of our combined influence in the
church and state to this truly Christian and republican undertaking.
this connection, I am happy to notice the indications,
which 'many felt that we had too long waited for, of a willingness
on the part of the religious denominations to take up
this cause as one properly claiming their prayers and labors
in its behalf. In the divisions which have recently rent in
twain the churches, from whose closely guarded fellowship
slaveholders, as such, had not been excluded, - in the discussions
of the ecclesiastical conventions, in which the power
of truth, overcoming obstacles repeatedly interposed, has
at length caused its voice to be heard, - in the protest and
other formal declarations of the clergy, which show so many
of them prepared to assume their share of responsibility,
there is proof of progress and cause of encouragement
enough, of themselves, to assure our faith and kindle our
hope, and to stimulate us all to renewed and increased activity.
it is through our political action, that the work which
we now have to do- the duty of this day and hour - must
necessarily be performed. It is of course to be expected, that,
at the cornmencement of the next session of Congress, upon
the recommendation of the President, bills will be introduced
for the annexation of Texas to the country, and for her admission
as a State into the Union. I have said already that
without doubt this will be proposed and attempted as a matter
of course, and that the good faithi of the governmnent, as
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Phillips, Stephen C. Address on the annexation of Texas, and the aspect of slavery in the United States, in connection therewith: delivered in Boston November 14 and 18, 1845, book, January 1, 1845; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2361/m1/15/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.