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THE LEGION OF LIBERTY.
THE BRITISH EMANCIPATOR.
TEXAS.-It is a deplorable thing in this age of the world, after
such gigantic and persevering efforts have been made to get rid of
slavery and the slave-trade, and with so much success, that in a
country in which slavery had been abolished, (and that country four
times as large as France,) this curse and crime should be restored !
It is yet more deplorable, that this restoration of slavery should have
the effect, and should have been brought about for the purpose, of
providing a vast and almost boundless market for the slaves reared
like cattle by an adjoining nation, boasting, to be civilized and chris.
tian ! The domestic slave-trade has made the United States the sink
and the scorn of the world vet, this more than infernal traffic is to
find an inexhaustible outlet in Texas! Yet more deplorable is it, that
a nation born amidst the agonies of the slavery it revives, and exist-
ing but for the perpetuation and aggravation of atrocities which all
civilized governments have agreed to denounce and exterminate,
should by any one of those governments have been acknowledged as
a nation at all. Humanity bleeds on contemplating slavery as a fact
of the past; it is dreadful to see it originating anew. A nascent peo.
ple ordaining slavery should have met with not a moment's toleration;
they should been frowned and trodden out of being by the united scorn
and resistance of the civilized world.-The British Emancipator.
The Committee of the BRITISII and FOREIGN ANTI-SLAVERY SO-
CIETY, to LORD PALMERSTON, Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
The committee will not trouble your Lordship with a detail of the
unjust and atrocious matnner in which the Mexican province of Texas
has been wrested from the parent state by unprincipled adventurers,
land jobbers, and slave-holders from the United States, whose con-
duct merits the most indignant rebuke, and must attach lasting dis-
honor to all whol m,ay become implicated in it: but would press on
the consideration of your Lordship and the government the well-known
fact, that the IegUi;ature of Texas has abolished the universal freedom
which, with such admirable justice and propriety, had been decreed
by the Mexican government, and have re-established slavery in its
worst form. The committee would also call your Lordship's atten-
tion to the fact, that the Texian laws also provide for the expulsion
from its territory of all Africans and the descendants of Africans,
whether in whole or in part born free, as well as of the native In-
dian tribes, an iniquity not less cruel than it is infamous, and un-
paralleled in the history of any civilized people.
The establishment of slavery in Texas will open, an immense mar
ket for the slave-breeders of the United States, and will inevitably
enlarge to an unprecedented extent, and raise to a pitch of unpre.
cedented horrors, a traffic so infamous and deplorable. Nor can it
be doubted but, in spite of the law which prohibits it, the slave-trade
with Africa, against which the whole power of the British empire is
arrayed, will be extensively carried on, as there is too great reason
to believe it has already begun.
UJnder these circumstances, the committee trust that her Majesty's
government will regard the proposed recognition of Texas with the
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