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ANNEXATIOW OF TEXAS. 55
government. Hitherto the watch-word has been non-intervention
in the domestic affairs of the South. Now it is intervention wlth
foreign natiols to protect, extend and perpetuate those institutions.
It'is perfectly evident that this cause is suicilal, and equally
evident that no portion of the Union can for a moment be deluded
by it. It destroys the last hope of all the middle States
from Virginia to Missouri for the abolition of the institution, and
covers the North with all its sin, odium and ruin; yet this is
the policy for which Mr. Calhoun has the amazing boldness to
say that he is ready to plunge this country into war, "taken in
full view of every possible emergency."
The government seems to be acting under a perfect hallucination
as to the subject of slavery. Why should not England advise
and urge the abolition of slavery 1 Have we ever (independently
of the right of search) found fault with her peaceable efforts to
abolish tiih slave trade - Is not one nation at liberty to use the language
of counsel to others, provided those othersdo not themselves
object. Are we prepared to join issue with England on this subject,
and while she strives to abolish, we labor to perpetuate slavery-a
gallant contest indeed Even Mr. Murphy, our diplomatic representative
in Texas, who writes in a " whirlwind of emotion that
he cannot express," seems to understand this matter better. On
the 24th of September last he wrote to Mr. Upshur, "say nothing
about abolition "-and on the 23d he says, " do not offend
our fanatical brethren of the north 1 talk about civil, political and
religious liberty-this will be found the safest issue to go before the
world with."-It would indeed.
The state of frenzy to which our functionaries are wrought up
is certainly curious. They all appear, like Mr. Murphy, in "a
whirlwind of emotion." The Secretary of State seems to forget
the plainest facts of constitutional law. He says in his letter of
the 8th of August, 1843, "The Canadas cannot be reached by
the slave by land, without his passing through States of our
Union, whose laws give him freedom by the very fact of his treading
on their soil; and Canada is the secondary recipient of the.
He actually appears to forget the constitvtional provision for the
return of fugitive slaves. Where are the States which give freedom
to the fugitive slave 1 We should be right Mlad to know.
We stand in the crisis of a nation's destiny. It rests with us,
at this day, to decide whether this Union shall retain its place
among honorable, wise and well ordered governments, or whether
advocating oppression under the mask of freedom, it shall rush
blindfold on its ruin.
the fate of the Treaty is sealed. Whatever little chance it may
have had, is destroyed by the odious and absurd light in wmich it .is
presented to the people of these States.
THE END. _'
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Sedgwick, Theodore. Thoughts on the proposed annexation of Texas to the United States, book, January 1, 1844; New-York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2387/m1/55/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .