The Whig Party in Pennsylvania - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER IV
A POLITICAL INTERLUDE 1847-1848.

THE war with Mexico called attention to the question of slavery in the territory, which it was assumed would be acquired. Although the war was in progress during the political campaign of 1846, yet none of its issues entered directly into the struggle, which was fought on the repeal of the Tariff Act of 1842. Although the Whigs of the state questioned the justice of the course of the President in asserting that the Rio Grande was the boundary of the United States, yet, when the assertion of this claim led to war, they urged all to join in the defense of their country. One of their leading journals in Philadelphia said,

The war was uncalled for, but being declared, there is but one duty for every man who claims the name of American (and is not conscientiously scrupulous on the subject of arms), he must aid to carry on that war with vigor, that its termination may be the more speedily secured. Our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country, when she is endangered by a war, no matter how that war happened. But let us not, in our enthusiasm, forget the high duties of patriots and men. Let us not fall into the miserable error of supposing that success in a campaign, is a justification of war.1

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United States Gazette, May 27, 1846; ibid., May 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, June 3, July 1, November 24, December 10; Daily Commercial Journal, May 13; North American, November 25, December 17, 18; Pennsylvania Telegraph, June 3, 17, 1846.

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