The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 40
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hope to defend Mexico against encroachments from the United
States, to protect their own ascendency in the Southwest, and to
deal an effective blow at the American tariff and the Southern in-
stitution of slavery, was a dream that English statesmen were,
from their own standpoint, fully justified in cherishing and one
that they are scarcely to be blamed for seeking to realize, even if
they had known from the beginning that the chances were against
their success. As the matter worked itself out, however, England's
conduct contributed to an effect directly contrary to that which
she sought to produce. Her interference was never energetic
enough to give a rallying-point to the anti-annexationist move-
ment that really existed in Texas while it was strong enough to
furnish a powerful argument to the party in Texas and the United
States that favored immediate annexation. The annexation party
in Texas, indeed, sought by coquetting with England to stimulate
the annexationists of the United States. England by her efforts
thus really assisted annexation and retarded abolition. The out-
come showed England's fears for Mexico to have been fully justi-
fied, for the Mexican war resulted quite as mischievously to Mexico
as England could have expected, and the advance of the United
States to the Rio Grande did in fact give that country the ascen-
dency in the Southwest that had been possessed by England.
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