The Conquest of Mexico: An Appeal, to the Citizens of the United States, on the Justice and Expediency of the Conquest of Mexico; With Historical and Descriptive Information Respecting That Country (Classic Reprint)

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After pacific relations with foreign powers for more than thirty years, the tocsin of war again sounds through the land, and the young manhood of the country is rushing to arms. An enthu siasm which, in a just cause, would be considered a striking exam ple of national virtue, has inflamed the public mind, and is extending every hour. A once magnificent but now dissolving state, to which the cabinets of Europe have been looking with solicitude as a prize for their intrigues, is considered by many to be providentially of fered to us. Amidst the general excitement, no small number of scrupulous and good men are asking, Whither will these things tend? Is this war right it If right, is it expedient fl Be as sured that an exigency has come upon us which will require the support of the national conscience, and this can be secured only by the solution of these questions. It is proposed in the following pages to attempt to answer them.

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