The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 8
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tervention in Mexico." The Woodville Republican, in comment-
ing upon the editorial containing the statements just quoted, as-
serted its belief that "the stupid restrictive laws of this country
have induced the government of Great Britain to attempt a recon-
ciliation between Mexico and Texas, in order to enable the latter
country to furnish British factories.""8 In a letter to Col. John A.
Rogers, Felix Huston, who was then in New Orleans, referred to
British influence which was exerting itself in Texas in relation to
slavery;19 the writer was one of those who in the campaign of the
following year dwelt insistently upon this danger as a reason for
immediate annexation. As the year wore on, the apprehensions
of Misssissippi editors as to England's abolitionist designs in-
creased. The Mississippi Free Trader in its issue of September
13 declared that the change of attitude on the part of Texas touch-
ing annexation now constituted a full warrant for the measure on
our part; opposition to annexation was growing; kindred blood,
the common defense of republican institutions,--not to mention
other considerations-demanded annexation; while above all, the
intrigues of Great Britain must be checkmated. On the other
hand, it was a consolation to know that our government had its
eye on English designs in Texas, and every confidence was ex-
pressed in Tyler's firm determination to defend American interests
on the broadest possible scale. A little later the same journal ex-
pressed itself as follows: "We have every reason to believe that
President Tyler designs making this the grand measure of his
administration."20 The surmise of the writer was to prove cor-
rect; but, as has been pointed out, it was not because Great
Britain's ascendancy in the Southwest was a menace to the na-
tional interests of the United States that Tyler's zeal in the cause
of annexation is to be explained, but rather because the interests
of slavery were involved.21 It is only in rare instances that one
comes across in Mississippi journals protests against England's
interference on the grounds of its being a violation of the Mon-
roe Doctrine; what was feared was the general emancipation of
slaves in Texas through English capitalists advancing the money
lIssue of May 6, 1843.
l"Mississippi Free Trader, May 10, 1843.
'Issue of November 1, 1843.
"Cf. Reeves, Diplomacy under Tyler and Polk, pp. 128-129.
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