The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 83
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
Wrongful motives and intrigue have been imputed to the Gov-
ernments of Great Britain and France and their Agents, in the
affairs of Texas; with a force of assurance, which is certainly
without parallel in the past, howsoever promising the future may
be. There was indeed a profession of such motives and conduct
in these affairs, but the whole world knows from whence it came,
and in that strife of personal rivalry and unscrupulous over reach-
ing which gave a form and substance to what originally was no
more than the desperate conception of a feeble and expiring ad-
ministration, it is deeply to be lamented that claims of the highest
order upon the consideration of American Statesmen, were totally
Mr Buchanan has probably little or no personal knowledge of
the Southern parts of this Country, and I think fairly enough of
him to believe that if he could witness the shocking increase of
the internal Slave trade which Annexation has induced, if he
could see hundreds of wretched and innocent persons linked to, an
ox chain, passing to the Southern Market through what is called
a land of freedom, and hundreds more standing day after day
exposed for sale, like Battle in the market places, tricked out to
catch the eye of criticizing purchasers, their persons arrayed in
holiday attire, and their countenances clothed with all the omi-
nous expression of settled grief, and shame, and sullen indigna-
tion; I say, I cannot but believe that such a dismal sight, and
the reflection it must produce in any commonly generous mind
would awake Mr Buchanan's conscience to the fact that there was
a worse part, and worse offense in the affairs of Texas, than mine.
Turns in politics are not new to Mr Buchanan, no doubt con-
scientiously made. Let him assure himself that he could make
no more honourable turn, nor more merciful and just to unborn
generations, than to repent of the share he has had in this deeply
wrongful transaction. Let him strain every effort of his heart
and understanding to prevent the old Slave States of this great
Confederacy, founded upon the doctrine, true or false, that all
men are born equal; from becoming breeding pens of human
cattle for the Slave supply of an immense territory, plundered
from a Country which had released it from the stain, and misery,
and a rottenness that are the sure consequences of the system.
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