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dignity and Christian sentiments of the nation; it will then become
you, the Abolitionists of the land, to enter your solemn protest
against the Act, and to withdraw your confidence from such a Government.
But we would look for better things from those who now sway
the destinies of this mighty empire.
It is worthy of remark, that the Missouri compromise, as it is terned,
defined the exact limits beyond which slavery should not extend in the
United States. Mason and Dixon's line fixed its northern boundary,
and the Mexican empire its western limits. It thus became hemmed in
by the free States of the great federal republic, by Mexico, and by the
sea, and although it occupied a vast region, it became clear, tliat, if it
could not ultimately find an outlet it must be abolished, or the most
terrific results would follow. Texas is tlhat outlet, and hence the vast
importance attached to it by the southern States. Having now passed,
the Sabine, slavery will not pause in its career, until it has reached the
Pacific, unless the great principles maintained by the abolitionists of
this country, of France, and of the United States prevail; or some signal
visitation of Divine Providenc eoverwhelnl both it, and its supporters in
one common ruin.
In view of these things the State of Texas should be as much discouraged
by the Government of this country, as it is execrated by all good
men. Let its cotton perish upon its fields, let its sugar never come to
maturity, let its produce be covered with blight and mildew rather than
slavery inflict its tortures on him who tills the grounds, and its degra.
dation on him who calls himself his Lord.
The First and Second Letters in this Pamphlet, were inserted in the
columns of the Mornzing Chronicle. The Third was forwarded to its Editor,
but has not yet appeared in that Journal. In the present form in which
these Letters are given to the public, I liave supplied some additional
matter, which appeared to be necessary and important to a clear understanding
of the subject in question.
30thA Noroeber, 1839. J. S.
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