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With respect to the other pretence, that Texas, if rejected
by the United States, will become a dependency of Great
Britain, we shall be ready to believe that just as soon as we
see the people of Texas emancipate their slaves, and not before.
And we think this about as probable, as that the same
thing will be done by the people of Alabama or Mississippi.
As long as cotton planting is profitable, just so long will there
be a demand for slaves; and as long as there is a demand for
slaves, just so long will the people of Texas stick to slavery.
Great Britain neither can nor will interfere with her any more
than she does with us. She rmay seek to make favorable
treaties with her ; but what is to prevent our doing likewise ?
If Texas is to be a market for manufactured goods, wlhy not
for ours as well as for the British ? New-Orleans is a great
deal nearer to it than Liverpool. And our people may be
trusted to make full use of every fair advantage they can obtain.
Our manufactures now go to Mexico. X\hy should
not they go to a Sttate lliuch less likely to interpose useless
and vexatious restraints to trade ?
In tLrutlh, the independence of Texas is, of all tilings, that
which it is most for the interest of the Union to sustain. If
our government ever lad done such a thllng, it migh t almost
be advisable for it to enter into negotiation with Alexico
and (Great Britain, mutually to guarantee that independence.
In this manner, she niglht be mlade a barrier between tihe turbulent
part of our boundary population on the Southwest and
the Mexicans. Even the sIave-owners of the South would
find it for their advantage to have a State on tleir border
which would deter, by its legislation, their slaves fromi fliglit.
For were Texas to be joined to the Union, we are willing to
believe that Mr. Walker's conjecture would be just, as to
the tendency of the colored population, by escape, to diffuse
itself over the neighboring free territory of Mlexico; but I
greatly doubt whether he or his friends would then look upon
the operation with the same degree of complacency which he
now affects. If that idea was thrown out as a bait to the
friends of negro emancipation, to favor annexation, we very
much doubt whether it has caught a single one, even of the
simplest of them.
But the subject has so grown under our hands that we find
ourselves compelled from fear of fi:tirging those who may do
us the favor to examine our views, to abandlonl the intention
of pursuing iMr. Walker through all his arguments in filvor of
annexation. We are the more ready to do this, be(cause we
fiind the few that remain unnoticed, are not likely to (crry
mrluchi weight in their minds. The dangers whllic this gcn
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Adams, Charles Francis. Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions, book, January 1, 1844; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2355/m1/43/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .