Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 23 of 119
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iMr. Murphy to Mr. and as
information can be had, or as the policy or machinations of the secret foes
of our common country may be developed here, you shall have the earliest
information from me thereof.
,- Having not been inattentive to this vast interest of our country heretofore,
I have collected some facts which I will present to your consideration,
as data for future reference.
This Andrews, to whom your London correspondent alludes, before he
visited London, had resided with his faily at Houston, in Texas, for some
four or five years-was a lawyer in good practice, and a man of some
property in and about Houston. On his return, the citizens having found
out the object of his mission to London, and that he had been making
propositions to the British Government for the abolition of slavery in
Texas, drove him, by force, from the State, denying him the privilege of
Such is the temper and mind of the people, on the subject of abolition.
I learn here that the plan proposed by this Andrews to Lord Aberdeen,
and to which, undoubtedly, your correspondent in London alludes, was
this: that the abolition society of London should raise a fund sufficient for
the purchase of all the slaves in Texas, and place it under the control of
the Government of Texas. The Government of Texas would grant lands
to the abolition society, fully and amply sufficient to secure the society
against all loss. and be to the society a vast fund, in addition to their advances,
for the support of their future operations, (in the United States, of
course.) The British Government entered warmly into the plan, and offered
to secure the payment of the money to Texas, if Texas would allow her
agent or commissioner, for that purpose appointed, to select the lands and
adjudge tie quantity. And if there was the least delay in the payment of
the money, after the regular transfer of the lands, England would pay the
interest during the delay.
This version of the ridiculous transaction played off in London, as understood
here by several intelligent citizens who had conversed with Andrews,
after his return, on the subject, may serve to illustrate the meaning
of your London correspondent in that part of his statement of Andrews's
proposition which would seem to treat the money, by the abolition society
to be advanced, as a loan.
Bat the negotiation now on foot between Texas and Mexico, through
the mediation or rather under the control of Great Britain, has changed
entirely the whole character of affairs, and demands the most prompt and
energetic action of the Government of the United States.
The people of Texas love their Constitution and forms of governmeht;
and ninety-nine out of a hundred would die for their preservation.
The Constitution of Texas secures to the master the perpetual right to
his slave, and prohibits the introdution of slaves into Texas from any other
quarter than the United States.
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United States. Congress. Senate. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed, book, 1844; [Washington]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2363/m1/23/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .