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THE WAR IN TEXAS.
vantages to herself. Such a treaty would have in it of such men as Mr. Webster, and others who counnothing
offensive to the laws of nations; and yet it is tenance such dangerous doctrines. This unholy
very manifest that the amount of detriment resulting crusade has not only a potent band of moral agitators
from its formation, would be very great to the in 6ur own country, but they are encouraged and
revenue system, as well as to the domestic manufac- stimulated to action by a hypocritical fraternity
tires of this Republic, now asserted to need protection of polar philanthropists across the Atlantic, headed
from ongressional legislationtoenable them tocompete by the recreant and purchased champion of Ireland's
successfully with foreignfabrics. A treaty offeisiveor wrongs, whose eyes have ceased to weep over the
defensive, with either of the above nations, might by notorious griefs of his own countrymen, that they
possibility, at some future day, afford the Opportunity may more conveniently distil the tears of briny symof.conveniently
introducing within our limits the em- pathy over the fancied ills which appertain to a
battled legionsof a foreign foe, against whose assaults, foreign land. It is true that the President, in his
were Texas a part of this Republic, we would be inaugural address, has taken a decided stand in favor
effectually fortified, except on our Atlantic coast and of the rights of the South; but this affords us a very
northern boundary. precarious safeguard against the tide of fanaticism
* . * * which is rapidly setting against us. The time is
But we hasten to suggest the importance of the rapidly approximating when our northern territory,
annexation of Texas to this Republic upon grounds which is fast populating, will claim admission into the
somewhat local in their complexion,but of an import Union, and when t4ose who now avow the opinion
infinitely grave and interesting to the people who openly that the crusalde that has been commenced
inhabit the southern portion of this Confederacy, against slavery in the South, is instigated and sustainwhere
it is known that a species of domestic slavery ed by religious feelng> ll be able to give us more
is tolerated and protected by law, whose existence is serious annoyance than we have heretofore expernprohibited
by the legal regulations of other States of eneed.
this Confederacy ; which system of slavery is held The Northern States have no interests of their
by all, who are familiarly acquainted with its practical own which irequire any special safeguards for their
effects, to be of high!y beneficial influence to the defence, save only their domestic manufactures; and
country within whose limits it is permitted to exist. God knows they have already received protection
The committee feel authorized to say that this from Government on a most liberal scale; under
system is cherished byi our constituents as the very which encouragement they have improved and
palladium of their prosperity and happiness, and flourished beyond example. The South has very
whatever ignorant fanatics may elsewhere coanjecture, peculiar interests to preserve * interests already
the committee are fully assured, upon the most violently assailed and boldly threatened.
diligent observation and reflection on the subject, that Your committee are fully persuaded that this prothe
South does not possess within her limits a blessing tection to her best interest will be afforded by the
with which the affections of her people are so closely annexation of Texas; an EQUIPOISE of influence in
entwined and so completely enfibred, and whose the halls of Congress will be secured, which will
value is more highly appreciated, than that which we furnish us a permanent guarantee of protection.
are now considering. * * * *
a * * '** * It has been urged by sectional prejudice, that the
It ay 'not be improper here to remark, that recognition by the United States of Texian independuring
the last session of Congress, when a Senator dence is of too recent origin to justify her immediate
from Mississippi proposed the acknowledgment of admission into the Confederacy. The committee
Texian independence, it was found, with very few confess that they cean see no force, or even plausibility,
exceptions, the members of that body were ready to in this objection. When a foreign Government has
take ground upon it, as upon the subject of slavery been once fairly recognised, as Texas has now been,
itself. by the United States, and even diplomatic relations
With all these facts before us, we do not hesitate having been established with her. she is evidently as
in believing that these feelings influenced the New filly entitled to be considered, by the nation recogEngland
Senators, but one voting in favor of the nising her, as being fully possessed of all the attributes
measure; and indeed Mr. Webster has been bold of national sovereignty, as it is possible for her to
enough, in a public speech delivered recently in become at any future period; and, therefore, Texas
New York, to many thousand citizens, to declare must be deemed, by our Government, at least, as
that the reason that influenced his opposition was fully authorized to enter upon a treaty of annexation
his abhorrence to slaverty in the south, and that it now, as if she had existed as an independent nation
might, in the event of its recognition, become a for centuries. Upon the question of recognition,
slaveholding State. He also spoke of the efforts every government is considered as acting absolutely
making in favor of abolition; and that being predi- on its own judgment; and when her opinion shall
cated upon and aided bv the powerful influence of have once been distinctly expressed, a decent regard
religious feeling, it would become irresistible and for her own dignity will admonish her that she is
overwhelming, bound to act, in all respects in strict accordance with
This language, coming firom so distinguished an that opinion, without regard to the views or opinions
individual as Mr. Webster, so familiar with the of anv other nation whatever. The United Stateshavfeelings
of the North, and entertaining so high a re- ing recognised the independence of Texas, is bound
spect for public sentiment in New England, speaks to consider her, in all respects, as capable at once to
s0 plainly the voice of the North as not to be misun- enter upon the work of annexation.
We sincerely hope there is enough good sense and *
genuine love of coiuntry among our fellow country- The extent of fertile soil, with salubrity of climate
men of the Northern States, to secure us final justice so remarkable in Texas, would furnish in its annexon
this subject; yet we cannot consider it safe or ation to the Union, homes and fortunes to many of
expedient for the people of the South to entirely our needy citizens; with a great increase of the
disregard the efforts of the fanatics, and the opinions valuable staple exports of the coiuntry greatly aug
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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/m1/62/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .