The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 422
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been and are endeavouring to procure the abolition of Slavery in Texas,
and states that the persons in question are in no manner recognized by
his Government, who entirely disapprove of their proceedings.
In disclaiming all intention of insinuating that there exists on the part
of Her Majesty's Government any disposition to interfere improperly in
the affairs of Texas, Mr. Ashbel Smith is only rendering justice to Her
Majesty's Government. Nothing can be further from their intention than
thus to interfere in the internal affairs of Texas. But at the same time that
the Undersigned makes this declaration, he believes that Mr. Smith is fully
aware of the continued anxiety of Her Majesty's Government to see Slavery
abolished, not only in Texas, but in all parts of the World; and it is [a]
matter of no surprise to the Undersigned that private Individuals, who are
impressed with the same feelings, should exert every effort in their power
to attain an object so desirable.
The Undersigned has the honour to renew to Mr. Ashbel Smith the
assurance of his consideration.
September 11, 1843
The position of the British government toward the Republic of
Texas and on the slavery issue is clearly defined in the official docu-
ments collected in the State Archives in Austin. The information in
these documents alone refutes the allegation that the British govern-
ment had made with Germany, with some German princes, or with
anybody an agreement that proposed any interference in the afore-
mentioned affairs of Texas.
The conclusions of this small treatise may be summarized as follows:
1. The tendentious article in Der Auswanderer is full of errors and
2. Evidence to support the ignominious allegation that the members
of the Society sold human beings has not been produced.
3. The official documents in the State Archives prove that the British
government never paid money to bring German immigrants to Texas.
In these statements the aim of my work has been accomplished.
W. v. ROSENBERG
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