Excerpt from The Past, the Present and the Future of the Pacific
The Parent Government has been, unfortunately, too Oppressive towards us in its laws and policy, to enable many of us to boast of possessing much of this world's wealth. We have been made, ever since we resided ... on these Pacific shores, mere hewers of wood and drawers of water to the Government at Washington and our brethren on the Atlantic side of the continent. They have been our Oppressive taskmasters ever since we resided here, and we have served them most faithfully, and we shall never get free from their tyranny and oppression, until we take measures to de fine our position and defend ourselves. This is strong talk, but we mean all we say. Let not the United States Government forget the lesson our ancestors taught Great Britain, when she, in the pride of her power, forced them to define their position and to defend themselves. The result of that contest is now a matter of history, and we are all familiar with it.
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