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THE WAR IN TEXAS.
Union.-Indeed, he goes farther than this iu one of the-iLon-slaveholding states, to look around, to ice
his calculations, and estimates that "NI,NE MORE how the balance of power, which it was the object of
STATES, as large as Kentucky," may be formed the federal constitution to create and preserve, will
within the limits of that province. tfe undertakes be effected bv this bold undertaking. We are much
also, by much more than (lubious insinuation, to shew pleased with the following remarks of the New York
that this would rive the slaveholding states a pre- American.
pondserating influence in the councils of the nation. ' The Richmond Enquirer, with one of its hints
He likewise asserts, that the United States once had that are meant to signify a great deal, says-' The
a rightful claim to thle province of Texas, by virtue Statesmen who are at the head of our affairs, are
of the Louisiana purchase; but that (he continues) not tile men we take them to be, if they have not
it was lost through the influence of the non-slave- already purstied the proper steps for obtaining the
holdi~ng interest in Congress. This being his view cession of Texas even before the able Nos. of Ameof
the matter he now calculates that the SLAVE- ricanus saw the light. But, nons verrons!' We
ITE PART'Y is strong enough to reverse the ex- are therefore to understand, that measures are alisting
state of things, and open a new world, as it were, ready in train for the recovery of Texas. ' The
for the employ ment of slave-labor, like the colonial able numbers of .Imericanus, put the importance of
projectors have generally done betfore him, since the this recovery to Southern men and Southern intediscovery
of the American continent by the Euro- rest, on the ground of the space and advatages that
peans. There is a little difference, however, in the cotntry will afford, for, 'the future existence of
mode heretofore adopted for supplying the demand Slave States' Within the boundaries of Texas,
for slaves and that which he now has in contempla- ' nine States,' says Americanus. 'as large as Kention.
Instead of a dependence upon the African tucky may be formed.' With the immense beneslave-trade,
lie would convert the whole extent of fits before our eves secured to the United States by
country, where slave-labor is unprofitable, and where the acquisition of Louisiana, we should be cautious in
provisions are cheap, into an immense nursery for pronouncing against the expediency of endeavoring
slaves, and by this means people those more southern to obtain, for a fair equivalent, so fine a province as
regions with a race of servilcs (part of whom would Texas, and which runs in, in various parts. upon
be bred e~specially for the purpose) at least twice as what may, perhaps, be not improperly called our
fast as it could be done by the foreign importation national boundaries. Yet, on the other hand, when
alone. This would indeed be a splendid project! the great, and, as we do not hesitate to say, unjust
worthy of the capacious mind of a BENTON, who, preponderance of the Slave States, in the existing
we mus't admit, is fully competent to school a Haw- confederacy, is considered, it may well cause the inkins,
or a D'Wolf, in matters of this nature. The habitants of the free states to pause, and maturely to
boldness with whichl he advocates measures so re- consider the effect upon our institutions and Union,
pugnant to the feelings of the more religious and of the increase, by the half dozen, of these statesmoral
portioii of the community, would seem to bound together by one common bond of peril, of
savour-somewhat of rashness. No other statesman, profit, anti of political power. The moral consideraperhaps,
would dare, at this period of republican tions, too, which belong to this subject, connected
reformation, and in this e-ra of republican light, to with the new and vast market that this province
utter the tyrannical sentiments that he does, on would open to the domestic slave-trade-not less
slavery, at least in so open and undisguised a manner. atrocious in principle, if somewhat milder in practice,
He must have great confidence in the strength of the than that which on the coast of Africa is pronounced
slaveite party; or, otherwise, he must calculate piracy, and punished with death---will not fail to
largely upon the aid of the "4 o?UGh faced" gentry present themselves with force to the minds of all
of the non-slaveholding states. to secure the co- considerate men.'
operation of these. every appeal will be made to theirs taken by the respectable and influcupidity-every
inducement held out tliat the hope ential papers above nmed, insres the hpe that the
of governmental patronage under the preshoe that the
of governmental patronage under thepresentynasty, more reflecting part of our fellow citizens will thwart
an conjure up.-And that some of them will prove tie intentions of the advocates of slavery, in the prerecreant
in the hour of trial, and lash themselves to sent case and put this gigantic scheme to rest for a
the car of despotism, past experience leaves us no season. We were aware that a deadly apatby exroom
to doubt, How many will thus degrade them- sted, relative to the subject under review, anti felt it
selves, and disgrace the lana of their birtli, time alone our duty to sound the tocsin of alarm. Whatever
Will show. we may think of the purcliase of the territory in
We are glad to find, since the last number of our ion, ith the view of colonizing our colored
paper was issued, that the sublect before us is viewed queston, wth themselves, we dof colon not thinour colored
in the same light as we view it, bv some of our )eople t ere by themselves, we do not think it would
most respectable contemporaries. The Pennsyltva- e saje to it at t he pelresent period. xtension
niof Gazette, Ph iladelphia, and the ericms, an, of slavery; but will that majority act efficiently at
of New Yoin k have come out in plainpprh ns, an the present time ? We have strong doubts of this;
express in a decided tone their apprehensions, and are decidedly of the opinion that the wisest poliFromthePennsylvaniafollows;Gazecy
will be to defer the purchase, until the public
From the Pennsylvania Gazette, mind is fully prepared to restrict the extension of
' The acquisition of the Texas promises to be a slavery beyond the limits of its present existence."
leading measure of the present administration, and The evidence thus exhibited of a disposition in the
without doubt, one of great magnitude and import- people and government of this country to obtain the
ance. This will be very apparent from the fact as territory in question, even contrary to the expressed
stated, that the territory in question will make nine wishes of the Mexicans, induced their statesmen to
states, as large as Kentucky; to which adld the apal- take a very serious view of the subject. The followling
corsideration that it is designed to makthese ing is an extract from a paper laid before the Mexinine
states slave states. We are told also, that can Congress, in the year 1829, by the Secretary of
,,the proper steps have been taken to procure the State. A strong appeal was made to the nation, to
cession." It is high time, for the northern interest, sustain the government in resisting what was alleged
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