Emancipator & Weekly Chronicle 4: 27 (October 24, 1844)
"The Hon. John C. Part addressed a meeting of the colored people at the Smith School House, last evening. As the audience was very small, he may be pleased to have greater publicity given to his strong argument why colored people should vote for Clay for president" …
But now the colored people were called upon to act vigorously for the election of Clay, in order to prevent the annexation of Texas. If Polk is elected Texas will be, annexed….
But what if Clay is elected. He is a slave holder! Yes; but he has said he believes slavery a curse and will do nothing for its extension. He is pledged against annexation….
But what can Berney do? The most that the abolitionists can do, is to give him the electoral vote of Massachusetts. They can carry no other state. The result of this might be to defeat the election by the people, then Congress would choose Polk: so voting for Berney gets you both Polk and Texas.