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Domingo , though ten to one in number, never could have succeeded in insurrection



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Domingo , though ten to one in number, never could have succeeded in insurrection but for the aid of a British army)— ought to be recognized by this government, and that their being such is no good argument against it? Why, sir, what would be said should we do such a thing after all the events we have lately witnessed? No: it is the abolition spirit alone which would have us to say to these men, whose hands are yet red in their masters' blood, 'You shall be recognized as freemen; we wish to establish international relations with you.' Never will I, never will my constituents, be forced to this. We never will be driven to say, in effect, to our own slaves, When you have cut the throats of your masters, you will be acknowledged by England and by the Northern States as republican freemen. We are bound to repudiate all requests of such a kind. We are bound to do so by the compact of our confederation. The incendiary march is advancing farther and farther: I would arrest it by arresting all such petitions before they reach that table. How long we shall be able to resist it afterward, God in his omniscience only knows. Many of my slaveholding friends ask me to desist from opposing the reception of the memorial; but they have not weighed the consequences. Their interests are as much involved in this as in the reception of any other abolition paper. The consequences may be awful. If we may receive the paper, we may refer it, and have a report upon it: and even if the report shall be unfavorable the gentleman from Massachusetts, with his superior information, especially on all diplomatic subjects, may induce the House to reverse the decision of the report. Why have we no petitions from the same quarter to recognize the independence of Texas? The petitions are in direct contrast with themselves on that subject. The very same persons urge us to put Texas under a ban. Is any thing more necessary to show that the movement is part of the abolition scheme? The gentleman says that it is vain for us to refuse to recognize Hayti , because she is and will be independent whether we recognize or no; and emancipation when declared in all the West India Islands; that England has begun it; and that lament who will, this is to happen. There will still be a garrison at our doors, with which to attack the South. And am I called to [ ] move all this? Does the gentleman from Massachusetts expect me to aid him in such schemes! If he does, he will be wofully disappointed. All this will disturb our peace, and endanger our safety. I hung it, and, lamenting, will resist. I will resist it to the last ditch. I will resist it at the threshold, and in every subsequent step, till arm and voice shall fail Indeed! And because France was compelled to [ ] and recognize insurrectionary negroes, who met her subjects at St.


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