Boston Nov 15. 1861.

My Dear Sir,

The following is a statement
of the results of consultation, not only with Gov
Boutwell and Theophilus P. Chandler, but with
J. Wiley Edmands and other conservative and fore-
looking men.

That it should be impressed upon
Govt to make its next demonstration upon the
coast of Texas, the state easiest to take and hold, with
larger public consequences than any other, if held.
Texas we virtually bought, her rebellion makes
her a dependency for treatment under the war
power and through Congress. The force when
landed, should proclaim martial law, with
reference to action by Congress if necessary, when
it meets, to free all the slaves, compensating loyal
owners, if necessary. It can stand as a local
military and national necessity.

    Results.     1st We flank the whole rebellion.
    2d We open a way out for cotton.
    3d We cut off future annexa-
tions, in the interest of the
South, and demonstrate to
foreign powers, that this
war is to stop the spread
of slavery.

4.     Instead of loyal men leaving Texas, as they
are now doing, for California and elsewhere,
they will stay, and a few years, will fill Texas
with a European Emigration, which will
demonstrate (as the Germans of Texas are now
doing) that cotton can be raised without sla-
ves, though hired negroes may be also used.
Galveston is but 600 miles from Lawrence
and St. Joseph, and a railroad will be run
through Texas and Arkansas to those places,
and the question of conflict of systems of la-
bor, and political power by this barrier
of free labor and free territory will be settled
forever, leaving the question of slavery in
the other cotton states for philosophical
treatment, unless it becomes necessary to
settle it sharply under the war power, be-
fore the present war is over. Any expedition
should be planned with reference to the
whole programme. The very large amount
of public lands in Texas, could be also used
as an inducement to enlistment of soldiers,
with reference to their eventual settlement in
Texas. These points are urged, not in the
interest of "Abolitionism" but as fairly
coming under the necessities of war. Martial
law proclaimed, events will no doubt educate the next Congress and our people up to
a declaration of the freedom of all the sla-
ves as a local military necessity, and as
a constitutional way of treating an excep-
tional state or dependency like Texas.
Men like Wm Pitt Fessenden (not men
like Sumner) could put it on high and
sound ground. Our people of all parties
especially men holding property are
(like Dickinson and Cochrane) fully
up to any treatment of slaves and sla-
very under the war power as necessi-
ties arise, in the largest local applica-
tion.
Mere barren proclamations
and fulminations, squinting towards
or meaning old anti-slavery Abolition-
ism, repel them, and are practically
absurd, with a people fully up to the
sharpest martial law.

Texas thus held and treated, we shall
have, at the end of the war, the "ma-
terial guaranties" that will prevent any
such compromise or settlement, as
to make a renewal of the struggle for
political ascendency or another rebel-
lion possible. If this strikes you, as
it has conservative men here, please

say & do what you can find time to
do.

Ever Truly Yours,
(Signed) Horatio Woodman.

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From the Horatio Woodman papers