The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 94
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Governt. upon a non Slavery principle, with a considerable Col-
oured population, perfectly free of political disabilities, and a Com-
mercial policy of the most liberal description is the best barrier
that I believe the nature of circumstances offers against conse-
quences and encroachments in my mind deliberately intended, and
which may be much nearer than they appear to be.
The chance of the permanent re-establishment of Mexican Au-
thority in Texas is gone, but another effort in that sense upon the
part of Mexico, in the utterly depressed condition of this Country
will possibly throw it back upon the United States, and that is
the end which would probably best please the present Cabinet at
Washington, and most assuredly the whole of the S. W. part of
But Texas, differently established would put an end to all com-
bination of that kind, and be a very helpful weight in the preserva-
tion of peace, and a just balance of power on this Continent. I
cannot help thinking that money lent to put an end to Slavery
in a South West direction in America; and to give a place and a
voice to the Coloured races, would render as profitable returns as
money spent for fortresses and Military works on the Northern
frontier of the United States. We should have those Mens hearts
with us beyond the third and fourth generation.
Texas would be effectually separated from the United States of
the Union, and a liberal Commercial policy would as effectually
detach it from the N. E. States infected by a spirit of Commercial
hostility to Great Britain, and this last principle efficaciously
worked out would soon relax the self injurious fiscal system of
To H. U. Addington, Esqr. etc.
I have this moment heard from Houston that a small party of
our Texian levies have advanced to the Rio Grande, and I can
have no doubt that they will do no manner of good there. The
President has done what He could to prevent this folly, but it
needs other checks there than that, and I think it is safe to proph-
ecy that it will find them. This report has reached us with more
solidity than most we have had from that quarter, upon the same
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