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exists in some of the States of our Union; what measures she has pursued
and is pursuing for the accomplishment of those objects, or either of
them. I cannot, of course, point out to you the channels throutgh which
this information may be best acquired. It is probable tiiat much may be
learned by free communication with the Texan charge d'affaires in Lonldon.
As that country and the United States have a common interest in
the questions involved, there is every reason why their Governments
should understand each other. Much information may doubtless be obtained
from private individuals and from the published proceedings of
abolition societies. All these sources of information, however, are only
of a secondary and auxiliary character. The circumstances of the case
justify and require a direct application to Lord Aberdeen himself. The
friendly relations subsisting between the two countries give us a right to
expect that there will be no concealment on a point so nearly affecting
our interests. And it is equally due to the British Government that it
should have an opportunity to remove our well-grounded suspicions, by a
distinct disavowal of designs which are incompatible with the harmony
of the two countries, and inconsistent with the friendly feelings which they
profess towards each other.
You will therefore take an early occasion to bring this subject to the attention
of Lord Aberdeen, availing yourself not only of the views here
suggested, but of all others which may occur to your own mind as proper
to be presented and calculated to attain the object in view.
I would impress upon you the absolute necessity that you carefully observe
the proceedings of the British Government touching this important and
delicate subject, and that you spare no pains to inform yourself fully and
accurately in regard to its objects and designs. It is highly desirable that
your communications to this department should be as full and frequent as
possible, omitting nothing which it may become this Government to consider
with reference to its own measures and policy.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. P. UPSHUR.
EDWARD EVERETT, Esq., 4$c.
Mr. ljshur to Mr. Everell.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
[Wsshington, September 28, 1843.
SIR: My public despatch of this date calls your attention to the subject
of the attempt which, as we have reason to think, the British Government
is now making to procure the abolition of slavery in Texas and the United
States. It did not appear to me proper to imIbody in that despatch all the
views of that subject which have been taken by this Government. In
order, however, that you may understand what degree of importance is
attached to it, I present to you, in this private and semi-official form, some
of the most important points on which we have considered it.
It is impossible to suppose that England is actuated in this matter by a
mere feeling of philanthropy. We are forced to believe that she is acting
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