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    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-
    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

    Ever Truly Yours,
    (Signed) Horatio Woodman.

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    His Excellency.
    Gov Andrew.