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VIE WS OF INORTIIERN W'RVrilTERS.
Commercial Advertiser truly declares, 'Never was exception, the freest civilized people upon the face
the Goddess of American Liberty invoked more un- of the earth. But the object of the colonizing land
righteously ;' anti we cannot bu;t believe that t he South was to make this prolific prolnatural
sagacity, good sense, anld proud regar(i fotr vince their own and the field of a new and lucrative
their national lhonori, for lwhich our citizeins are negro slavery. To this they still tenaciously adhere;
distinguished in the eves of all nations, will speedilv and if they can induce a strong force of our American
resctie tlhem fiom the otherwise degrading eror in youth to shed their blood for the unjust and avariwhich
that vile crew of mercenary, hypoeritical cious causc of slavery, underthenameof Texan
swindlers would involve them. The artfutl (deceivers, lberty and idependence, they will undoubtedly
however, havne iiot relie r upon tile gntl ositvs and secure their obiect. We doubt not the ability of our
however, have not relied upon the generosity and g cotntrymen to exterminate any number of
lof our ,ellow-eitiiens, fo ) galatit cotntrymen to exterminate aiiy number of
noble symvnpathy-esell only theya lf toexicans that can be brought against them; but in
insidiously presented a bribe to excite their cupidity fightinrg for the union of Texas with the Utnited States,
also. They have not only fa lsely reiprseated tIhe which is the avowed meaning ot' "Texian IndepenTexian
cause as one of pure, disinterested liberty dence," they will be fighting for that which, at no
and justice, as opposed to perfidious tyranny a!nI distant period, will inevitably DI-SOLVE TIHE
cruel oppression, but they have ttcemselves assumed UNION. 'J'he slave states having this eligible addisomething
more than the liberty which they basely tion to their land of bondage, with its harbors, bays,
auid hypocritically advocate, by il)lpudently promisinM and well-bounded geographic;l position, will ere
a fertile paradisaical piece of 'Iexian land, a mile Jong cut asunder the federal tie which they have
square, to every American citizen and foreign emi- long held with ungracious and unfraternal fingers,
grant, who will sally forth to capture it from tlie and confederate a new and distinct sla;-eholding reMexican
reptiblic ! Induced by one or both of th(se public, in opposition to the whole free republic of
objects, many hundreds of our enterprising citizens the North- Thus early will be fulfilled the prediction
left their own ample aind unobjectionable coutntry, to of the old politicians of Eirope, that our Union
unite with Irish, English, and other foreign adven-s could not rernain one century entire-and then also
turers in a war, fiom tllhe fullest success of w-Iichl, will the maxim be exemplified ir our history, as it is
only somne six or eight Land Conpanies, wils have in the history of the slavehtolding repub'ics of old,
fraudutlently and audlaciously monopolized thle Texian that libcrty and slavery cannot long .nhabit the same
territory, would gaitl an important benefit. And to sil.
this shrine of Mamlmon, concealed by the crowding Many more extracts might be taken fiom
banners of ostensible liberty, lave many hundreds of the newspapers, and it is to be hoped that the NO1RTHHad
we in the Texians, a brave and injured peo. RN P SS at least, will soon be roused to
ple, struggling in the land of their birth, or even o. action. lThe great question is: will it be so getheir
adoption, for those abstract and social rights o, neral as to arrest the grand marplots in their unmankind
which were the objects of oltr revolution, h lioly career, before the seal shall have been set
and which we obtained and enjoy, theirs would be ai to their abominable project? Let the PUBLIC
cause with which angels might sympathize, and VOIC[C BE ItAiSPJ) IN TONES OF THUNwhich
the bolts of heaven might well be launched to ,, h r o t
aid. But is it such a catise ?-Deceived by misrepre- I)Rla trom the shores of the Atlantic to our
sentations, we were ourselves led so to consider it.'lland seas, nd fiom te moultain forests of
in its earlier efforts; but a fair examination of' facts Maine to the swamps of Louisiana. -Let the
has undeceived is, and we look in vain either for I nation be thoroughly awakened, an(d all may
such a cause or such a people in the Texians. What yet be well.-Othlerwise, the Demon of Opapr
theriumph and our children must
We pledge ourselves to answer the question with pression ill triumph, and our children must
a perspicuity which shall defy all future obscuration, wear h s clill- bloo(I wll flow torrents,
and with a ri_id adherence to truth which shall defy and the l;nd will be drenched with their crimthe
most desperate efforts to refute We have, at son gore!
present, only room to state, in brief, that the Texian 1 have now traced the subject of the Texian
revolution was concerted by the planters and sl;ive Revdlt through thle Auhole concatt-nation of its
speculators in the southern states ever since the first primary cau.ise and objects. I ha e unfolded
permission fgiven by the Sptninh authorities to lMoses e view of the attetive reater wht I know
Austin of Mlissouri, in the year 1820, to introduce .
300 families, professing the Catholic religion, as co- to be the mtves a itentions of its instigalonists
of a grant of land which he obtained on this t'o;s. I have, by this means, endeavored to
express condition. From that time to the present i undeceive the honest portion of the great
moment the aggressions have been on the part of the American c;,mmunity, who lave not had suffico!onists,
under the sanction of the southern specu- I cient opport,itities to penetirate the veir of
lators; and not until their purpose of getting a physical their masked lesigns ant have been imposed
force into the province which shon hif detach it from b their false pretensios. The vey acts
Mexico, and make it a slaveholdina state, became li tt
flagrant and undisguised, had the settlers ever re- of the insttg, nts--ven the whole systematic
ceived aught but protection, encouragement, tolera- cutrse of their proceedings-pr'ove clearly the
tion and kindness, from the Mexican government. correctness of my charges and expositions. It
They paid no taxes, had their own laws and tribu- will be seen tlhat, instead of a desire to
nals, were allowed to profess and exercise all the t-stablish and perpetuiate the liberal institutions
religions they chose, thouRh contrary to the Mexican of freedom an of fights, they have
constitution, enjoyed all the fruits of a beautifuil and o eed an equality of ghts, they ha
bouInteous soil without return or tribute to the go- takeup arms against the Mexican government
vernment to which it belonged, and were, without froin motives of personal aggrandizement,
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