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THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT-TEXAS.
rights of man. What have we to do with slavery ? Is it nothing that
nineteen Senators were found to vote for a bill establishincg in every
post town a censorship of the press, and that a citizen of New York
gave a casting vote in favor of the abomination, and has received as
his reward, the office of President of the United States ? Is it nothing
that our own representatives have spurned our petitions at the man-
date of slaveholders ? What have we to do with slavery ? Look at
the loathsome community, just sprung into being on our southern
border, the progeny of treason and robbery, a vile republic, organized
for the express purpose of re-establishing slavery on a soil from which
it had been lately expelled; and providing for its perpetual continu-
ance by constitutional provisions, and daring to insult us, with the
offer of a monopoly of its trade in human flesh.-Yet northern specu-
lators and politicians in conjunction with slaveholders, are now plotting
to compel us to receive this den of scorpions into our bosom, to admit
Texas into our confederacy, with a territory capable of furnishing eight
or nine more slave states, and by thus giving to the enemies of human
rights, an overwhelmning majority in congress, to subject this northern
country to the dominion of the South; and perhaps before long, to
cause the crack of the whip and the clank of chains to re-echo on our
hills, and our fields to be polluted with the blood and tears of slaves.
To effect a speedy union with Texas, endeavors are now making to
involve us in a war with Mexico, and when the unholy alliance shall
have been consummated, then farewell to republican freedom, to
christian morals, to happiness at home, or to respect abroad. This
fair land, once the glory of all lands, will become a bye word, a re-
proach. and a hissing to all people, and we and our children will be
taught by bitter experience, what the North had to do with slavery.-.
.ddress, July 4, 1837.
TIHE BRITISH PARLIAMENT.
MR. BARLOW Hoy rose to call the attention of the House to the pre.
sent state of affairs in the Texas.-The importance of that territory
was well known to all who were acquainted with its geographical
position. Mr. Huskisson, aware that the United States would be
desirous to annex the Texas to their territorv, laid it down as a maxim,
that Great Britain should on no account allow America to extend her
boundary in the direction of Mexico.-It was notorious that an enor-
mous importation of slaves took place into the Texas, and if this
system were allowed to continue, all the sums which we had expended
in endeavoring to suppress the traffic in slaves would have been
thrown away. If we did not co-operate with Mexico in endeavouring
to preserve the Texas for Mexico, and thus to prevent the importation
of slaves into the Mexican territory, we had better at once withdraw
our fleet from the coast of Africa, and abandon Sierra Leone. The
United States, appeared to be acting a faithless part; they kept the
boundary question open both with respect to Mexico and Great
Britain. If they had not some sinister motive for keeping the question
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Anti-Texass Legion. Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations, book, January 1, 1845; Albany. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2356/m1/21/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .