The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 76
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The impressions that the abolition of Slavery in this Republic,
would be agreeable in England, and that it would be practicable
to raise a loan there on the Security of the lands in Texas, in
furtherance of that object, are probably entertained by many per-
sons in this Country. But whether such views be well founded
or not, it is the fact that Mr. Yates has been conveying to Mr.
Converse his own inferences and impressions in these particulars,
and not what I said to him; and Your Lordship will observe that
He has ascribed the different turn of his letter to Mr. Converse,
to the haste of that Communication; which would no doubt have
been avoided if He had supposed it would find it's way before the
It is the case as Mr. Yates observes that I was on board the
Steam Boat on the passage from Houston with my Colleague
Monsieur de Cramayel, on the occasion to which He alludes,
though I did not hear the address of which He speaks. But I
did not consider that the excitement prevailing here at that time
was otherwise than temporary; and I do not perceive that it
formed part of my duty to report every casual ebullition of pop-
ular Sentiment, on Subjects of internal interest, in my despatches
to Her Majesty's Government. I have conversed with my Col-
league since upon the subject, more than once, and I believe his
opinions were coincident with my own, as to the temporary char-
acter of the excitement manifested on that occasion; and per-
haps, it may not be amiss to add that we both of us ventured to
suggest to the Gentleman who was coming to Galveston to test
the state of public feeling here, that He might expose himself to
some degree of danger, by the abrupt introduction of such a Sub-
ject, on the people of this Town.
That the opinions of Mr. Yates and those who, think like him,
are founded upon sound conceptions of what would most conduce
to the strength and durable prosperity of this Republic, is cer-
tainly my belief. But I have never given any warrant for the
use of my name on such subjects, and certainly never said what
has been imputed to me.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
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