red with; and upon this condition it was accepted, and since that time have been created out of it the States of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
Thus, it will be seen, that in the first partition of territory, it was freely and generously divided by the slave States with the free, the former giving up their preponderance of territory, and of their own accord putting the latter on an equality with them.
Subsequently, large acquisitions of territory were obtained by the purchase of Louisiana and Florida, and by the annexation of Texas.
These, also, were slave territories when acquired, but they were divided in the same spirit, and with the utmost liberality to the North.
The Louisiana territory contained 1,136,496 square miles; Florida, 59,218 square miles; Texas, 274,356 square miles — making, in all, 1,470,120 square miles.
Observe the proportion in which this was divided.
Florida and Texas were reserved to the slave States, making, together, 333,624 square miles, and by