The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 84
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Position and explicable prejudice, joined to the recollection of
the elevated characters of some of the chief advocates of this
business, relieve- them from any suspicion of sordid motive.-
Fatally wrong and hasty they have indeed been, but no informed
person questions their sincerity, or charges them with purposes
of personal advantage. Such considerations cannot be advanced
in the case of Mr Buchanan. He is for this worst description of
Slave trade, or he is against it. If he is for it, he has acted con-
gruously, but if he is against, his responsibility is as grave as it
is possible to conceive.
The calm and deliberate judgment of his Country, and of all
the friends of practical human rights awaits Mr Buchanan,-and
all the other abettors of this scheme. The passing passions of the
hour are with him, but a righteous decision cannot be long averted
by fleeting popular excitement, or by the jargon of liberality, or
mouthful professions of love for freedom, prefaced to votes and
schemes in favour of an immense impulse to the most sordid and
cruel oppression extant in Christendom
The Queen's Government know that I have done some things
in my humble capacity, for freedom's sake, and suffered some for
humanity, and for that sake, and not to satisfy any personal feel-
ing, I make this answer to the light words' Mr. Buchanan has
spoken of me.
To The Right Honourable.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN20
No. 4. Houston
January 13th. 1846.
I have the honour to acquaint Your Lordship that I arrived
here this Morning on my way to Austin, but met the President
going down to Galveston, to which place he has requested me to
return with him.
The Messenger from the President of the United States with
the Annexation resolutions duly passed and approved by that Legis-
20F. O. Texas, Vol. 16.
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