Analyze this primary source by answering these questions in 2–5 sentences each:
- Why did Phillips and his associates oppose the US annexation of Texas?
- What criticisms did they make of slavery? How did their opinions about slavery resemble or differ from those of Fillmore and George Watterston?
- How far were they willing to go to oppose annexation or slavery? What were they willing to sacrifice?
- What does this letter tell us about newspapers (“the Press”) in the 1840s? What role did newspapers play in politics?