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THE LEGION OF LIBERTY.
Zpen, it ought to have been settled long since, as it would have been,
if the United States had accepted the mediation of the King of Holland.
It was not the standard of liberty and independence which was
raised in the Texas, but the pirate's flag, under cover of which the
slave-trade was carried on. We had interfered in the affairs of
Holland and Belgium, Portugal and Spain; why, then, should we
not remonstrate in a friendly manner with the United States upon the
conduct which they were pursuing with regard to the Texas ?
MR. O'CONNEL thought that humanity was indebted to the Hon.
Member for bringing this question before the House. It was only by
the expression of public opinion that we could hope to check the pro-
gress of one of the most horrible evils the human mind could contem-
plate-viz. the formation of eight or nine additional slaveholding states.
The revolt of Texas was founded on nothing else but the abolition of
slavery by the Mexican government. In 1824, the Mexican govern-
ment had pronounced that no person after that period should be born
a slave. In 1829 they went further, and abolished slavery, and
immediately followed the revolt of the landholders, who had settled
themselves in Texas. Who could contemplate without horror the
calculation, as in the case of stocking a farm, what was the necessary
complement of men and women, and when they would be ready and
ripe for the market? It was a blot which no other country but
America had ever yet suffered to stain its history-no nation on the
face of the earth had ever been degraded by such crimes, except the
high-spirited North American Republic. Talk of the progress of
democratic principle! No man admired it more than he did. What
became of it when its principal advocates could not be persuaded to
abstain from such species of traffic as this ? Texas had speculated on it.
COLONEL THOMPSON asked whether it was not the fact that all the
inhabitants of this province were Americans, and not Mexicans? It
had been said in former times, ubi Romane vincis, ibi habitas; and
with equal truth it might now be said, that where an American con-
quered there he carried slavery as a necessary of life.-J.March 9th, 1837.
If the British Government did not interfere to prevent the Texian
territory from falling into the hands of the American slaveholders,
in all probability a greater traffic in slaves would be carried on du-
ring the next 50 years, than had ever before existed.-The war at
present being waged in Texas, differed from any war which had ev.
er been heard of.
It was not a war for the extension of territory-it was not a war
of aggression-it was not one undertaken for the advancement of
national glory; it was a war which had for its sole object the ob-
taining of a market for slaves.-(Hear, hear.) He would not say
that the American Government connived at the proceedings which
had taken place; but it was notorious that the Texians had been
supplied with munitions of war of all sorts by the slaveholders of
the United States-(hear, hear.)
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