The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 66
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Such a ministry would actually be participators in all the guilt
of the perpetrators of the increased slave trade, both internal and
But let us not confine our efforts to mere threatenings, or to
the expression of sentiments, however decided or animated. Let
us counteract the machinations of the enemies of humanity.
My plan is this-to follow the example set by the Australian
and New Zealand Societies; get together a number of the friends
of humanity, who will come forward and subscribe a sufficient
capital to form, upon the New Zealand plan, a society sufficiently
extensive to constitute a new colony, or state, either subject di-
rectly to the British crown, or, at all events, under the protection
of the British flag; so as to obtain a rallying point for all free
persons of colour, who may choose to give their labour for such
wages as may enable them to become purchasers of the soil.
For the present I need not enter into details; the plan of the
South Australian and New Zealand Societies will enable you,
and the other friends of humanity, to work out my system into
practical effect. With this view, a communication should be had,
as speedily as possible, with the Mexican Government. It is so
entirely the interest of the Mexicans to form a colony of free per-
sons of colour between them and the North Americans, that I
should presume they will very readily enter into our plan. This
colony should be, as much as possible, interposed between the
Texians and the sea. It would be a place of refuge for the free
men of colour of the United States, who are naturally enough
disgusted with the paltry injustice of being called "free," while
they are deprived of all the practical rights of freemen. In short,
I think it will strike your mind, as it does mine, that thousands
upon thousands of advantages would be derived from the existence
of such a colony as I contemplate. But no time should be lost
in laying the foundation of a society to form that colony. If
requisite, an intelligent agent should be sent at once to Mexico.
I have formed a very high opinion of Santa Anna, and I think
he would at once see the great advantages to the Mexican republic
of having an establishment of free men of colour intervening, as
it were, between Mexico and the United States. At all events,
even should Santa Anna not be in power, it is impossible that
any government in Mexico should be blind to the multitudinous
advantages which a wise colonization of free men of colour would
necessarily confer upon the Mexican States.
Allow me, then, my excellent friend, to conjure you to reflect
deeply upon the suggestions that I thus make. Should you see
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