. . . You will see by the papers which I have sent you something of the part I have taken in public affairs. I do not know where your predilections would be, and yet I am persuaded that no party biases could render you insensible to the atrocious injustice of this war with Mexico. It is bad in every respect; it is without legal cause; it was unconstitutional in its inception; it is wasteful of life and treasure; it is demoralizing in its influence. As such it ought to be arrested at all hazards. Winthrop and a large portion of the Whigs were drawn to its support contrary to the principles of the party. In contending with the prevailing sentiment of Boston I have, of course, exposed myself to much asperity of feeling. The affairs of our country are now in a deplorable condition. The Mexican War and slavery will derange all party calculations. The antislavery principle has acquired such force as to be felt by all politicians. In most of the free States it. will hold the balance between the two parties, so that neither can succeed without yielding to it in a greater or less degree. The
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