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mation of blockade agrinst Mexico, and at a time wshe our rnavy was preparing
to enforce it with greater rigor, aid thus removed every cause ot
embarrassment to those nations in their intercourse with our enemy.
Having thus yielded the opportunity of retaliating upon our enemy for
the many injuries we had received at their hands, less reluctalnce is felt in
making this representation, and invoking the interposition of the United
States to put an end to a m-ode of warfare at once disgraceful to the age,
so evil in its consequences to civil society, so revolting to every precept of
the Christian religion, and shocking to every sense of humanity.
The undersigned avails himself of the occasion to offer to Mr. Webster
renewed assurances of his distinguished consideration.
ISAAC VAN ZANDT.
Hon. DANIEL WEBSTER,
Seceretary of S ate of Ithe United States.
vMr. p%).shur to Mr%. Murphy.
No. 6.] DEPARTMENT OF STA TE
Washin -ztori, dzugust 8, 1843.N
SIR: A private letter from a citizen of Maryland, theo in London, contains
the following passage:
"I learn, from a source entitled to the fullest confidence, th'at there is
now here a Mr. Andrews, deputed by the abolitionists of Texas to negotiate
with the British Government; that he has seen Lord Aberdeen, and
submitted his projet for the abolition of slavery in Texas; which is, that
there shall be organized a company in England, who shall advance a sum
sufficient to pay for the slaves now in Texas, and receive in payment
Texas lands; that the sum thus advanced shall be paid over as an indemrnity
for the abolition of slavery: and I am authorized by the Texan minister
to say to you, that Lord Aberdeen has agreed that the British Government
will guaranty the payment of the interest on this loan, upon condition
that the Texan Governmenlt will abolish slavery."
The writer professes to feel entire confidence in the accuracy of this informzation.
He is a man of great intelligence, and well versed in public
affairs. Hence I have every reason to confide in the correctness of his
conclusions. There is, however, sonie difficulty in understanding the terms
of the proposition as he has given them. If the money to be advanced
is to be repaid in Texas lands, it can scarcely be regarded as a loan, and
of course there is no necessity for any guarantee on the part of the English
Government. I think it probable that alternative propositions have
been made: the one for an advance to be repaid in lands, and the other
for a loan to be guarantied by the English Govern;;:ent. But, whatever
the precise terms of the proposition may be, h!-ere seems to be no doubt
as to the object in view, and none that the English Government has offered
A movement of this sort cannot be contemplated by us in silence. Such
an attempt upon any neighboring counttry would necessarily be viewed
by this Government with very deep concern ; but when it is made upon a
nation whose territories join the siaveholding States of our Union, it
awa.kens a still more solemn interest. It canntot be pernmitted to succeed
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