The Oxford Mercury’s editor rejoiced in the secession of Texas, because it provides such a convenient launchpad for an invasion of Mexico. When Lincoln said about the Crittenden Compromise that it “would amount to a perpetual covenant of war against every people, tribe, and state owning a foot of land between here and Tierra del Fuego,” he had a point.
Texas.—The ordinance of secession was voted upon by the people of Texas on the 23d ultimo. It was ratified by a majority of not less than 30,000. Many claim that the majority was 40,000. It is quite immaterial which one of the figures are correct. The State is certainly out of the Union, and a member now of the Confederate States. The accession of Texas to the new republic is an extraordinary event, even in these extraordinary times. She has an area larger than all the States east of the Mississippi river, south of the thirty-fifth parallel. Four large States can be made out of it, each with as many square miles as Mississippi or New York. Standing immediately between us and Mexico, her refusal to join us would have retarded the ultimate and inevitable conquest of that country. But now five years will not have elapsed before at least all the north-western States of Mexico will be States of the Confederacy. And the conquest of the whole of that country is only a question of time. The introduction of African slave labor into Mexico is the one thing necessary to make it what nature and nature’s God intended that it should be.