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THE LEGIONI OF LIBERTY.
rally remained without effect, from sad consideration as prisoner; be.
cause the aggressions of the Texians removed even the possibility of
lightening the evils of war, and because they failed themselves, in
their promises, they annulled the resolutions of him whom they called
their cabinet, they caused me violently to disembark from the schooner
Invincible; and abandoned me to the excited passions of one hundred
and thirty recruits just arrived from New-Orleans.
In a different point of view, the question of Texas involves another
of the greatest importance to the cause of humanity-that of slavery.
Mexico, who has given the noble and illustrious example of renounc.
ing to the increase of her wealth, and even to the cultivation of her
fields, that she may not see them fattened with the sweat, the blood
and the tears of the African race, will not retrocede in this course;
and her efforts to recover a usurped territory will be blessed by all
thoee who sincerely esteem the natural and impracticable rights of
the human species.
The civilized world will not learn without scandal, that the in-
habitants of the United States, infringing their own laws, and vio-
lating the most sacred international rights, support for a second time,
a usurpation which they have commenced, and constantly supported,
abusing and mocking the generosity with which the Mexicans be-
stowed upon their countrymen rich and coveted lands, and invited
them to enjoy the benefit of their institutions. If Mexico should
receive such hostility from those who call themselves her friends, she
will treat them as enemies in the field of battle, she will repel force
with force, and she will appeal to the judgment of the Universe upon
such an aggression, as unjust as it would be violent.
I have seldom seen any public character except the late Mr. Jef-
ferson, so apparently determined to examine any system to its first
principles, as General Santa Anna. He wished to commence his
examination with the first principles of the system, with the laws of
our nature that he might be sure whether the base was sound or not,
upon which the superstructure was erected. I left him with the im-
pression that he had good talents for command, and that he was
truly desirous of contributing to the prosperity of the country.
If any consideration could add to the intrinsic weight of these
high inducements to abstain from any species of interference with
the domestic affairs of a neighboring and friendly State, it would
be the tremendous retribution to which we are so peculiarly exposed
on our South Western frontier, from measures of retaliation.
Should Mexico declare war against the United States, and aided
by some great European power, hoist the standard of servile insur-
rection in Louisiana and the neighboring States; how deep would
be our self-reproaches in reflecting that these atrocious proceedings
received even a colorable apology from our example, or from the un-
lawful conduct of our own citizens !
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