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THE OPPONENTS OF SLAVERY ROUSED. 17
Texas. The acquisition of the Texas has been on the Mississippi, might be induced to remove
advocated by Mr. Clay, in his speech on the Spanish thither. It -would be the most suitable place for
treaty, in which he also eloquently deprecates the them in the -world. But a GREATER CURaSE oul(I
attainment of the province by any foreign power. scarcely befall our country, than the annexation of
" If (said he) Texas, after being peopled by us, that immense territory to this Republic, if the sysshould
at some (listant day break off, she will carry tern of slavery should likewise be re-established
with her a noble crew, consisting of our children's there.
children, the sons of freemen." The present Administration of the general governFrom
one of the communications of the Banner ment is believed to be in favor of obtaining this terriwe
make the foIlowing extract, in reference to this tory, with the view of increasing the immber of
subject. Slaveholding States. It is, indeed, boldly intimated
* in the JNational Intellieencer, that NEGOTIATIONS
"The custom-house of New Orleans has paid the
umha'se m n-f u . If t.r ian FOR IT ARE NOW PENDING. Again we say: Let
purchase mone of Louisiana. If there is any manexpressed Let the moral
in the Union who has felt himself straitened in hisinfluence people honest yeomd nry of the
private affairs in consequence of this payment, let nation)-be heard, tom the highest peak of our
im proclaim his name, and he shull have redress nation)-be heard, from the highest peak of our
im proclaim his name, and he shall have redress- motuntains to the lowest valley-from the northern
.but tlhere is * not.one and eastern confines of the Union to its farthest
"The customs of Texas would do the same southern and western limits. A more important
thing. The Mexican, steeped to the lip in pover- occasion for such an expression of their will never
ty, threatened with a powerful invasion by the occurred, and perhaps never may again. We shall
mother country, will part with this property or any not let the matter rest here."
thing else for the sake of money. Now is the
time, and this is the hour, to strike for our country's The Genius of Univer.sal Emancipation, for
weal. September 25th, (the week following) pur"
Commeroial men, every way qualified to form sues tee subject as tollows:
an estimate and to give an opinion, have said that sues te subject as follows:
Texas, in the hands of the British, would be of as "THE PURCHASE OF TEXAS.
much, or more importance to them, than the island This subject now resolves itself into a National
of Jamaica. Let us for a moment imagine this de- Question of the utmost importance-the LIMITATION
lightful region in the hands of that proud and over- AND CIRCUMSCRIPTION, or the EXTENSION and
bearing nation, flinging bones of discord to the two PERPETUATION, of AMERICAN SLAVERY. It
sister republics, and then imagine, if you can, the will be in vain for any one to place a different eondeep
toned imprecations, that would pervade this na- struction upon the proposition. The quarter in
tion from Maine to the Sabine, from the sources of which it originates; the champioi.s who, step forth in
the JMissouri to the mouth of the Chesapeake. its defence; the time selected for its accomplish'"I
believe president Jackson has a listening atten- ment;--but above all, the argument used to shew
tive ear. It is said he would as soon scan the opi- its propriety, prove as clearly as even the most indunions
of a coporal, as those of a Major General, and bitable evidence can prove, that the great and leading
that he with equal readiness would adopt or reject object of its advocates is to enlarge the boundaries of
either as his judgment might determine. Believing the region of Slavery, and extend the period of its
this to be the fact, I venture to make the above sug-. duration, in this Republic.
gestion-with the addition that there is not one mo- It is well understood in the political circles, that
ment to be lost." the most active plromoter of this scheme is no less a
Since the forgoing was put in type, we have seen personage than the famous THOMAS H. BENTON,
a numoer of spirited essays upon the subject before now a Senator in the Congress of the United States,
us; and we cannot longer disguise the fact, that the and to whom the State of issouri is nore indebted
advocates of slavery are resolved, at all hazards than to any other man, for the "blessings" of slavery,
to obtain the territory in question, if possible, FORa which have been entailed upon her. Benton is a man
THE AVOWED PURPOSE OF ADDING FIVE OR possessed of some good qualities. While his political
SIX MORE SLAVEHOLDING STATES TO principles, so far as they relate to slavery, are of the
TRHI UNION!!! most detestable cast, hypocrisy is not, by any means,
It is now time for the people of the United States, a conspicuous trait in his character. In general, he
who are opposed to the further extension of this speaks out, boldly, the tyrannical aristocracy of his
horrible evil, (an evil unparalleled in the present heart; and an opponent may always know where to
state of the world,) to AROUSE FROM THEIR find him. We knew him well, as a chivalrous quillLETHARGY,
and nip the monstrous attempt in driver, during the period of the Missouri contest.
the bud. We therefore call upon them, with burn- Then, as now, he strenuously advocated the unlimiting
anxiety, to open their eyes to a sense of the ap- ed exercise of all the odious "privileges and immuproaching
danger. A "MAissouri Question"-nay, a nities" of a hereditary, irresponsible slaveholder:"Question,"
vastly more important, is no-w upon the and, indeed, he practically understood the nature of
tapis. Let it be duly considered; and let the public the cause he espoused.
voice, from every quarter of the Republic, denounce The esssays now publishing in the newspapers,
in tones of thunder, the unhallozvweproceeding. over the signature of " Americanus," urging the
It must be borne in mind, that the system of immediate purchase of the province of Texas, are
slavery has been abolished in 7exas, by the Mexi. said to be from the pen of this ambitious, political
can government. It is now a FREE STATE. But aspirant. Of the correctness of the supposition we
the avowed design of Senator Benton, and others of have not a shadow of doulbt. Now, as formerly, he
his political clan, is to change this state of things, and unblushingly advocates the whole system of slavery,
int-oduce the 'slave system, with all its barbarities, with t any qualification whatever. One of the
again. Should the territory be added to this Union, reasons that he assigns (and one which he seerms to
upon the condition that slavery should still be consider the strongest) for the purchase of Texas, is,
INTERDICTED, a great number of the colored as we have before stated, that five or six more
people in the United States, at least those bordering slaveholding states" may thus be added to the
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