The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 80
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in our own Country. The present conjuncture is particularly
favorable for the Commercial part of the scheme, by reason of the
late foolish tariff in the United States.' Your kind note has
enabled me to trouble you with new thoughts, inadequately ex-
pressed, and clumsily thrown together, but I beg you to believe
not hastily adopted. In a former part of my Official career I had
much reason to think upon the subject of Slavery, and to watch
it's effects, and I have long since formed the opinion that bad as
it is to the enslaved, it is ten times worse to the enslaver, and to
the Country in which it obtains. It is a rot at the heart of
society, debasing the Master Classes more and more, robbing pros-
perity of all sense of security, and frightfully aggravating the
calamities and the risks of adversity.
I am perfectly sensible that it does not consist with the prin-
ciples or policy of Her Majesty's Government to interfere with
the Institutions of other Countries, and I feel I need scarcely say
to you that situated as I am I should guardedly abstain from
offering any opinion here upon this Subject. If I were approached
upon it, and you are perfectly aware that it is just one of those
topics upon which the motives and purposes of H. M. Governt.
are so absurdly misconceived about, I should say, that Her Maj-
esty's Government would of course expect a faithful fulfilment of
the Slave treaty with this or any other Country, that the abhor-
rence of the British Nation to the system of Slavery in The
Queen's Dominions, had been manifested before the whole world
by a costly sacrifice, but that nothing could be further from the
intentions of Her Majesty's Government than to interfere with
the Institutions of other Countries. It has occurred to me that
it might be useful if Lord Aberdeen would be pleased to give me
authority to pay a visit to Mexico on leave of absence, if I saw
reason to think that my representations on that question might
smooth away some of the difficulty in the adjustment of this mis-
chevious contest, but in making this remark I take the liberty to
say that I have no personal wishes upon the subject, and have
merely mentioned it because I consider it my duty to declare what-
ever I think may be of advantage to the public Service. I feel
assured that you will accept this declaration literally.
'The tariff of August, 1842, which raised duties above twenty per cent.
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