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THE WAR IN TEXAS.
given at a public meeting of eminent politicians,
at Columbia, South Carolina:"
TEXAS-If united to our government as a state,
it will prove an invaluable acquisition to the southern
states, and their domestic institutions."
Notices, of the following purport, are very
frequently to be seen in the southern and
south-western papers. This is copied from a
North Carolina Journal.
"WHO WILL GO TO TEXAS?
Major J. H. Harry, of Lincolnton, has been authorised
by me, with the consent of Major General
Hunt, an agent in the western counties of North
Carolina, to receive and enrol Volunteer emigrants
to Texas, and will conduct such as may wish to emigrate
to that Republic, about the first of October
next, at the expense of the Republic of Texas.
J. P. HE:NDERSOX,
Brig. Gen'l. of Texian Army.
The paragraph below, gives us a view of
operations upon a pretty large scale; and
while we peruse it, we must recollect, that no
nmeasures have been taken by our government, to
prevent this bold and glaring violation of our
own laws and the integrity of the Mexican
THREE HIUnDRED MEN FOR TEXAS.-General
Dunlap, of Tennessee, is about to proceed to Texas
with the above number of men. T'he whole corps
are now at Memphis. They will not, it is said, pass
this way. Every man is completely armed, the
corps having been originally raised for the Florida
war. This force, we have no doubt, will be able to
carry every thing before it.- Vicksburg Register.
It is gratifying to learn, that the motives of
those engaged in this outrageous Crusade are
beginning to be understood and justly appreciated,
by some of the most intelligent citizens
of the United States.
A gentleman of great philanthropy, intelli.
gence, and public spirit, in the State of New
York, thus expresses himself in a letter of
recent date : "The
Texians could have effected nothing, but
for the assistance furnished by the southern states,
who have as fully waged the war they excited, as
though it had been formally declared by them. The
number of respectable men in Texas is too small to
redeem the country and their cause from the fathomless
abyss of misery. degradation and infamy, into
which the projected establishment and perpetuation
of slavery must inevitably plunge them as well as the
United States. Meanwhile, all the slave-mongers,
slave-politicians, and slave-presses, on this side the
Sabine and Red rivers, are using the utmost exertions
to force the recognition of Tlexian Independence,
and its incorporation witlh the United States as speedily
as possible. This monstrous outrage, unsurpassed
in the blackest page of history, is fast tending to its
An able writer in the same State, who ranks
among the most eminent legal professional
characters, emphatically remarks as follows,
in a communication to the editor of the National
Enquirer.- Speaking of the " Texas
Conspiracy," he says:1
cannot now bring to my recollection, in the
history of the world, so foul and abominable a conspiracy
against the laws of nations, of civil society,
and the rights of man, as this nefarious combination
of land-speculators, land-pirates, and man-stealers,
under the name of Texian Patriots, presents:--and
this too in the nineteenth century, and in the midst
of i people who boast of being highly intelligent, and
claim to be the friends of law, order, liberty, and the
RIGHTS OF MAN !! !-From my inmost soul I
sicken at the tlhought."
The editor of the New York Sun quotes an
extract from the letter of General Houston to
General Dunlap, of Nashville, in whicb he
says:-" For a portion of this force, we must
look to the United States. It cannot reach us
too soon. There is but one feeling in iexas,
in my opinion, and that is to establish the indepeRdence
of Texas, and to be attached to the
United States"-and then remarks:
" Here, tlien, is an open avowal by the commander
in chief of the Texian army, that American troops
will be required to seize and sever this province of
the Mexican republic, tbr the purpose of uniting it
to ours; and this avowal is made by a distinguished
American citizen, in the very face of that glorious
constitution of his country, which wisely gives ino
power to its citizeins for acquiring foreign territory
by conquest, their own territory being more than
amply sufficient to gratify any safe ambition; and in
the face, too, of the. following solemn and sacred contract
of his country with the sister republic which he
'lThere shall be a firm inviolable, and universal
peace, and a true and sincere friendship between the
United States of America, and the United Mexican
States, in all the extent of their possessions and territories,between
their people and citizens respectively,
without distinction of persons or places.'
In the earlier days of our republic, when a highminded
and honorable fidelity to its constitution was
an object proudly paramount to every mercenary
consideration that might contravene it, an avowed
design of this kind against the possessions of a nation
with whom the United States were at peace, would
have subjected its author, if a citizen, to the charge
ot high treason, and to its consequences.-When
Aaron Burr and his associates were supposed to
meditate the conquest of Mexico, and attempted to
raise troops in the southern states to achieve it, they
were arrested for treason, and Burr, their chief, was
tried for his life. But now, belhold! the conquest
of a part of the same country is an obiect openly
proclaimed, not in the letters of General Houston
alone, but by many of our wealthiest citizens at public
banquets, and by the hireling presses in the chief
cities of our Union. The annexation of a foreign
territory to our own by foreign conquest, being thus
unblushingly avowed, and our citizens who are integral
portions of our national sovereignty being openly
invited and incited to join the crusade with weapons
of war, it becomes an interesting moral inquiryM
hat is there in the public mind to excuse or even to
palliate so flagrant a prostitution of national faith and
honor in these days, any more than in the days that
are past? The answer is ready at hand, and is
irrefutable. An extensive and well organized gang
of swindlers in Texas lands, have raised the cry, and
the standard of ' Liberty!' and to the thrilling charm
of this glorious word, which stirs the blood of a free
people, as the blast of the bugle arouses every nerve
of the war-horse, have the generous feelings of our
citizens responded in ardent delusion. But, as the
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Lundy, Benjamin. The war in Texas; a review of facts and circumstances, showing that this contest is a crusade against Mexico, set on foot by slaveholders, land speculators, & c. in order to re-establish, extend, and perpetuate the system of slavery and the slave trade., book, 1837; Philadelphia. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2414/m1/32/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .