A Bid for the South!
That timid and truckling politician James Buchanan, has written an electioneering letter, addressed to the “Democracy of Old Berks,” in which he discusses the slavery question. He comes out decidedly against the Wilmot proviso, and in favor of the Missouri compromise line of 35 deg. 3[0’?] min. which he declares is binding upon all posterity. Here it is. Southern capacity for power asks still another sacrifice from the North, and the renegade Federalist, Buchanan, is the very first man to step forth and say, “You shall have it.”
The mass of the Northern people are not abolitionists. Where Slavery now exists they will protect it in all those rights guaranteed by the compromise of the Constitution. But when the South asks that it shall still be extended – [careening?] forward [illegible] it threatens to overshadow the Union with its withering influence, it is time the Freemen of the North should rise in their might and thunder NO! Slavery has done evil enough – Northern Free Labor has lost its Protective Tariff, by the last demand of the imperious “Southern Nabob,” – are we still willing to bend in abject “white slavery” before the haughty power which is striving to enlarge its ability for evil! We find the subjoined paragraph in Mr. Buchanan’s letter:
Should we acquire territory beyond the Rio Grande, and east of the Rocky mountains, it is still more improbable that a majority of the people of that region would consent to re-establish slavery. They are themselves, in a large proportion a colored population, and among them, the negro does not socially belong to a degraded race.
So it seems that we are asked to “annex” a territory which contains a “colored population,” among whom the negro is not socially degraded! Are the people of the North willing to follow Mr. Buchanan’s lead in this new system of practical amalgamation with the Mexican “gem’men of colour?”