rule in 1835, embraced an area of 237,500 square miles, extending from the Sabine and Red Rivers on the east, to the Rio Grande (as some held), separating it from Mexico, on the west.
The acquisition of such a vast extent of territory would give the slave states the command of the Gulf of Mexico, and insure to them the balance ofthe Southern war-cry.
Mr. Webster, with the Whig party, opposed the annexation; and Mr. Van Buren said it would in all human probability draw after it a war with Mexico.
On this question turned the election of James K. Polk, in 1844; and three days previous to the expiration of his term of office, John Tyler signed the bill for eat speech on the The true grandeur of nations before the authorities of the city of Boston.
In this celebrated address — prepared to meet the impending war with Mexico, and the consequent extension of the slave power--Mr. Sumner argues against the ordeal of war, from a Christian stand-point; and establishes his positions by a re