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THE WAR' IN TEXAS.
sovereign, and independent nation. Slie is, however, without being recreant to the best interests of the
settled by people from the United States, and they country."
having established the independence of their country, I trust that every intelligent reader wll now
approve our government and ask to be admitted to perceive that the GIAND COMBINATION,
e privile of membership with the other sove-despotsand avaricios
reignties onr confederation. They have a right ofslaveholding despotsandavariciousmaraud,
to make such application, and it is our right and in- ers, are determined to push their daring
terest to yield a prompt assent. In the exercise of scLemes of outrageous wickedness to tihe exsuch
right we might give offence to Mexico; but tent of their power, without a moment's delay.
that would be easily obviated by the payment of a I could multiply quotations, similar to the fore
fair equivalent, and no other nation would have any going, but 1 consider it altogether unnecesright
to meddle with the affair. sary.
The cotton lan(s of Texas are more extensive than CITIZENS OF THE FREE STATES!those
of the United States; they are more favorably Are you prepared to sanction the acts of such
located; and in consequence of their richness and the freebooters and usurpers?-Nay m're:-Are
greater mildness of the climate, the cotton seed does v willing to be MADE THE INS rRUnot
require to be annually renewed as in the United
States, whereby. a very great saving accrues to the MENTrsof these wanton aggressors, in effectplanter
in its cultivation. If Texas should become ing their unholy purposes, and thus not only
a part of the Union, their cotton-fields will but adde xcite the sympathizing maledictions of other
to our commerce and our wealth; but spurn her human powers, but also invoke the awful judgovertures
for union, and she at once becomes our ments of Heaven against you? Some of our
successful rival in.the cotton markets of Europe, wisest statesmen have spoken out, in cotidemwhen
she will not only be able to undersell us, but nation of their deeds; and the patriotic confrom
which she will absolutely drive us within ten duclors of the Press are likewise beginning to
years! Are we of the north prepared to witness this awaken the public attention to them.
state of things? Are we prepared to deprive our- You see that they are now flly resolved to
selves of the advantages of the immense increase of You see that they are now full resolved to
our commerce which the annexation of Texas would make a speedy application to Congress, for
give us? Nay, are we willing to see our present com- the incor,oration of the government which
merce destroyed by driving Texas into a union with they have thus assumed into the confederation
a foreign country and giving employment to its ship- of the United States. Tlis will be attempted the
ping at the expense ofour own? If Texas can grow very moment that an opportunity is presented.
cotton cheaper than the United States; and if from PEOPLE OF THE NORTH ! WILL YOU
the extent of her cotton landsand theii productiveness, PERMI IT?-Will you sanction the abomi.
she can, in ten years, raise sufficient cotton to supply nable outrage; involve yourselves in the deep
the demand of Europe, will we not lose the advantage
of shipping this cotton to Europe and importing cOmnaly, and perhaL s the horrors f wLr,
its value in our shipping, and at the same time be FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SLAVEdeprived
of our present valuable commerce in this RY IN A LAND OF FREEDOM; and tlius
article by reason of its having been driven from put your necks and the necks of your posterthe
foreign market by the cotton growers of Texas? ity under the feet of the domineering tyrants
Thus much for our interest in the admission of of the South, for centuries to come? The
Texas. Now let us suppose that Texas, finding great moral ant, political catnp,ign is now
herself spurned by the United States, and in want fairly opened. Your government has ftully esof
funds to carry on her Government until such times posed the cause of these land-p rates and
as her resources are developed, makes application to feebouters. Can you still remain silent, and
England for aid; and in order to induce her to grantfiue dor 'an yon stoll reman sllent and
it, not only forever gives her a preference in herthu lend your sanction to the unpaaleled and
ports and excludes all but her from participation inl ieaven daring usirpation? With deep aniher
carrying trade, but enters into a treaty of alliance iety, await your response;-and trust it will
offensive and defensive, by which England shall come in the loudest tones of a thundering
guarantee to Texas her separate independence, and NEGATIVE, resounding o'er your granite
Texas be bound to aid England in all her struggles mountains, and echoing through every valley
on the American continent. Such an alliance is not north of "Mason and Lixon's Line."
only possible, but we speak advise(ly when we say, You have been warned, again and again, of
it is more than probable if the United States refus te machinations, and the wicked agto
receive Texas into the Union. And what would deep
be our political position then? Would webewisein gessive policy of this desptic "SLAVEthus
placing an English province, or an English ally HOLDING PARTY." I have unfolded its
on our South-western border whence we might, at marauding designs, and po:nted out its varied
any time, be seriosly annoyed ? ''This subject is one plans and movements. You would not listen
fuU of reflections, and we think it need but be pre- to these earnest entreaties and admonitions.
sented to the people in its most simple form, to Yoti have slumbered in the arms of political
insure from them the gravest, and at the same time, harlots, until they have nearly shorn yotl of
a favorable consideration. It is a question of vital
im rtanceto the North far more than to the South your locks, and bound you with the bloody
and we hope to see the day arrive when our states- cords prepared by the Philistine horde of tymen
will meet this question as it should be met, and rannical desperadoes. Arise!-ARISE QUICKLY!
by boldly exposing the deceptions which have beenand burst those bands, or your doom, with
practised upon the people, satisfy them that the that of your posterity, is sealed perhaps for
canot oppose the admission of Texas into the Union, ever !
A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES.
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