The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 64
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
difficulty, realized to be very serious, in disposing of free persons
[O'Connell] to Joseph Sturge, Esq.
My respected friend,-I know you too well to think it neces-
sary to ask your permission to address you thus publicly on a
subject of the deepest interest to the cause of humanity. To come
to the matter at once, I here insert a notice of two motions which
I intend to bring before the House of Commons at the earliest
period of the ensuing session:-
"1. That it is the opinion of this House, that her Majesty's
ministers ought not to advise her Majesty to recognize the inde-
pendence, as a state, of the persons located on part of the terri-
tories of the republic of Mexico, with which republic we are in
alliance, and who have called themselves the State of Texas, un-
less with the assent of the said republic of Mexico; and also,
unless such alleged State of Texas shall make the abolition of
negro slavery a fundamental law, and also consent that the slave-
trade shall be deemed and treated as piracy.
"2. That an address be presented to her Majesty, humbly pray-
ing that she may be pleased to give directions to her ministers
to endeavour to make such an arrangement with the Government
of Mexico, as would place at their disposal such a portion of the
unoccupied territory of that republic, on or near its northern
boundary, as should be sufficient for the purpose of establishing
an asylum or free state of persons of colour, her Majesty's sub-
jects, who may be desirous to emigrate to and establish such free
In order to succeed, it will be necessary that I should obtain
as much of the support of the opponents of negro slavery as pos-
sible. The public attention must be roused upon these subjects;
for it is clear that we shall have thrown away, in pure waste,
much labour, great exertions, and twenty millions of the public
money, unless adequate measures are taken by this country to
prevent the formation of new slave states, and at the same time,
to prevent the incalculable quantity of human misery, and the
terrific slaughter of human beings, which must ensue from our
permitting any other slave state to raise its head from the earth.
Look to Texas. The gang of land pirates who have settled
themselves on the Mexican territory actually make negro slavery
the basis of their association, and propose to take away from their
intended legislature the power of abolishing domestic slavery.
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