The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 65
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Mexico as a Field for Systematic Britisl Colonization 65
This is in itself sufficiently horrible; but it is infinitely more
atrocious in its necessary consequences. For if we permit the
Texians to succeed in their odious scheme, there is room for form-
ing, and in the United States there is abundant disposition to
form, three or four more slave states in the unoccupied lands
between the peopled part of Mexico and the line of territory which
the United States claim for themselves.
Reflect, my esteemed friend,-do reflect, in the presence of the
God of humanity-upon the horrors, the crimes, the atrocities,
which must be perpetrated by the creation of these new slave-
holding states. Reflect on the quantity of sin and guilt of every
kind that must be perpetrated, upon one hand by the slave-
breeders of Virginia and the other slave-breeding states of the
North American Union, and upon the other hand, only think of
the indescribable scenes of cruelty that must be perpetrated in
Africa, and in the carrying home of new slaves for the purposes
of the Texians, and the other white monsters of those intended
Of what avail is the generous and noble humanity of the British
people? It is in vain, and worse than in vain, that so many
years of toil, of literary exertion, of dauntless opposition to in-
terested tyranny, and of persevering maintenance of the cause of
humanity-it is, I say, in vain, and worse than in vain, that all
these efforts have been made to rescue human nature from the
blood-guiltiness of negro slavery. All these exertions, and our
twenty millions, are thrown away to the idle winds! Fowell
Buxton, the first and greatest of living opponents to slavery, has
demonstrated that the slave trade has augmented enormously in
amount, and still more frightfully in the cruelty and slaughter
it produces; and that this augmentation has taken place in con-
sequence of the emancipation of the slaves of the British colonies.
This is the result of all pains and all our money ! We gave twenty
millions as the purchase money of humanity; and the result is-
a greater accumulation of still more atrocious cruelty.
My esteemed friend, if we stop where we are, Great Britain
will be the laughing-stock of the world. Twenty millions to pur-
chase liberty and humanity is a cheap bargain; but, twenty mil-
lions of sterling money to purchase cruelty, barbarity, and human
blood, is the worst speculation that ever was made since the sun
first shone upon the earth!
Be up, then, and stirring. Call together the friends of human-
ity. Assemble the apostles of benevolence. Let the English people
doom to impeachment any minister that shall dare to recognize
Texas or any other slave-holding state.
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