Annexation to raise value of slaves !

The Richmond Enquirer, in speaking of the domestic slave trade, says that slaves to the amount of one million of dollars have been sent from that city to the Southwest; and argues strongly for the Annexation of Texas, because the price of negroes will be raised by it!  It has been estimated by some southern men, that Annexation would raise the value of all the slaves fifty per cent.  According to Mr. Clay’s estimate, this would be to add six hundred millions of dollars to the nominal wealth of the Slave States, to be divided up among 250,000 slaveholders.  Is it at all wonderful that they are for Annexation?

                                                                       (Liberator, August 2, 1844, pg 3)