protest against the admission of Texas
as a slave State; and appealing to the mass of voters, they forwarded a remonstrance to Congress with sixty thousand signatures.
From this agitation the manufacturers and many of the Whig
politicians kept aloof, excusing themselves from joining in the remonstrance, taking no part in the meetings, and discouraging others from participating in the protests.1 Mr. Lawrence
and Mr. Appleton
, who stood at the head of the manufacturing interest, replied to the committee which requested their co-operation, that the question had been settled, and further agitation was a waste of effort on the impossible; and the latter saw fit to make an offensive and uncalled — for thrust at the ‘abolition movement,’ which in his view was not ‘reconcilable with duty under the Constitution
The Whig journals of Boston
, notably the ‘Advertiser,’ while assiduous in reporting Whig meetings, ignored these popular protests against this creation of a slave State out of foreign territory acquired for the purpose.
was an efficient member of a State committee appointed in the autumn of 1845 at a convention in Cambridge
, and charged with the duty of organizing public opinion against the admission of Texas
He assisted in the arrangements for a public meeting at Faneuil Hall, November 4.
The evening was inclement; and spectators sympathetic with its object thought the storm suggestive of the moral and political aspects of the period, while others of a different mood saw in the darkness and tumult outside emblems of the foul and traitor-like designs within.
C. F. Adams
made a speech on taking the chair.
The other speakers were Palfrey
, and Hillard
, Whigs; Wendell Phillips
, and W. H. Channing
, Abolitionists; and H. B. Stanton
, of the Liberty
had drawn the resolutions (though read by another), which, as he wrote at a later day, ‘start with the annunciation of equal rights and the brotherhood of all men as set forth in the Declaration of Independence
, which he always, from beginning to end, made the foundation of his arguments, appeals, and aspirations.’3