The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 79
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
failure and folly of a yearly elected Legislature and other liberal-
ity of the rhodomontade school.
It seems to be scarcely doubtful that the Northern and North
Eastern part of Mexico, from Tampico on the East Coast, to San
Blas on the West, (involving the most important parts of the
Country) would soon find it their interest to join a. State founded
upon such principles, or at all events constrain their own Govern-
ment with the adoption of an equally liberal scheme of Commer-
Foreign Merchants, foreign Capital, and foreign enterprize and
principles would soon find their way into those great and rich
regions by peaceful means, and the power of the United States
on this Continent would be gradually balanced, and yet without
motive for collision; Indeed it seems possible enough that the
North Eastern States would not be disturbed to see the power of
the South and West effectually limited, and a bound marked, be-
yond which Slavery could not advance. In all such speculation
the question immediately presents itself how it is reasonable to
expect that a Legislature of Slave Holders will ever consent to
make a present sacrifice for a prospective and remote advantage.
I have had much experience of such bodies and I know that they
talk violently of holding on to their property to the last gasp, of
the lawfulness of the System, of the sanction of it in the Bible,
Abraham's Slaves, J. L.' and then there are always many hard
words about Irish Slaves and press gangs and the like. But in
the main, their circumstances make them a timid and needy people,
and ready enough to compound reasonably for a monied consid-
Neither do I doubt that a sufficient loan could be readily raised
in England to enable this Government to compensate the present
Slave Holders, upon the frank and full adoption of such a system
as I have spoken of. I attach great importance to the entire
abolition of disability upon people of Colour. Such a Stipulation
would at once bring into this Republic tens of thousands of most
abused and intelligent people from the United States, and would
be exceedingly agreeable to a very influential and wealthy party
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