The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 78
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Andrews of Houston and some others came passengers in the
Houston Boat, with the avowed intention of ascertaining the feel-
ings of the Citizens of Galveston on the Subject, not of abolition,
but of gradual emancipation of Slaves, and on the representations
of himself and his Associate I was induced to write in the strong
and encouraging terms used in that letter. With respect to your-
self and the efforts you have made to persuade the people of Texas,
to entertain such a project it is due from me to you to say that
as far as my knowledge and your communication to me extends,
you have stated distinctly that you were instructed by your Gov-
ernment to interfere in no manner with the internal institutions
and regulations of this Government; and that in answer to my
enquiries, you stated your private opinion as an individual, that
such a measure (which I intimated as probable) would be grati-
fying to the British Nation, and secure for this her ardent sup-
port, and that there were parties in England who felt so deeply
interested on the subject, that you believed such might be found
who would advance the Capital necessary to purchase our Negroes,
for the purpose of manumission, and that they would receive our
lands in exchange on the assurance of a prohibition to the further
importation of Slaves.
As you were a passenger on board the Houston Boat at the time
I have mentioned, and witnessed the state of feeling which then
existed amongst the passengers on that trip, and must have heard
the address made to them by a distinguished Citizen, on their way
down warmly advocating the Measure I presumed you would ad-
vise Your Government of the state of feeling which you then saw
evinced, and therefore stated in my letter to Mr. S. Converse
that I had reason to believe you had communicated on the Sub-
ject. You never have stated to me those communications, or any
part of them; and I did not see you after your arrival from Hous-
ton, previous to the departure of the packet, for New Orleans, the
suggestion on this point was therefore only conjecture on my part.
As to the intervention of Your Government in our Affairs with
Mexico, emanating from a desire to promote the abolition of
Slavery here, and it's being exerted as a consideration for such a
Measure, the statement is too publicly destitute of foundation to
need a refutation. Those who know anything of the foreign re-
lations of this Government are aware of the fact that the inter-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914, periodical, 1914; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101061/m1/82/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.