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several conversations with the British representative he had
learned that abolition would insure Texas the warmest support
of England with Mexico.18 Elliot, British charge d'affaires, inter-
viewed Houston in June, 1843. Houston concurred in Elliot's
opinion that the existence of slavery in Texas was greatly to be
Also in June, 1843, the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society
convened in London at which Lord Morpeth in presiding said in
his -principal speech that he rejoiced to hear of the prospect of
the abolition of slavery in Texas. Regardless of the varied in-
terpretations given by the American press to Morpeth's speech, it
broadcast British interest in Texas and consequently focused
American interest there, too. When President Houston deemed
it inadvisable to pursue the subject of annexation after Morpeth's
outspokenness, the friendly sentiments of the United States
towards Texas and the hostility to Great Britain's policy of stimu-
lating interest in Texas against free trade and abolition were
equally outspoken.20 Consequently British interest in colonization
drifted into the doldrums again. For the compliance of the con-
tract of January 20, 1843, a note of skepticism appears in the
communication dated November 8, 1843, of William Henry Dain-
gerfield, cihargi d'affaires for Texas at The Hague, to Ashbel
Smith, charge at Paris, when he asked:
"How comes on the company at London at which Mr. Converse
was the head and front ?""21 The same note appears in Kennedy,
British Consul at Galveston, who wrote:
In years preceding 1843 several vessels were fitted up for con-
veying British immigrants to Galveston, but from that year to
the present time [September 9, 1844], no ship containing a dozen
British families has entered this port.22
Mercer and his associates who signed the contract of January 20,
1843, providing for the settlement of two hundred and fifty fam-
1"Smith, Annexation of Texas, 113.
"Smith, The Annexation of Texas, 113.
"oSmith, The Annexation of Texas, 113.
"Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas, 1476.
"E. D. Adams, British Diplomatic Correspondence Concerning the Re-
public of Texas, 1836-1846, p. 86. Published as Bulletin of Texas State
Historical Association, 1912.
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