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In returning my imemorandum of the conversation, with his corrections?
Lord Aberdeen recapitulated, in order to the perfect understanding of the
case, that there had been no communication, on the part of England, with
Texas, in reference to the abolition of slavery, and that no proposition
whatever had been made to her by England on that subject; the loan
proposed by General Hamilton, on behalf of the Government of Texas,
had no connexion with aboliiion; the proposal of a loan to promote that
object last summer was the s uggestion of a deputation of private individuals,
and was at once rejected by him.
Although Englald has made no proposition to Texas, and has no intention
of making abolition the subject of any treaty stipulation with her,
they had certainly recommended to Mexico to promote the abolition of
slavery by the acknowledgment of the independence of Texas. But
Lord Aberdeen added, that he could not say that this recommendation
had been listened to with any degree of favor, and nothing further was
said on the subject. In all this there was no reference whatever to the
The late hour at which my memorandum above alluded to was returned
to me leaves me barely time to prepare this despatch before the closing of
the mail. Should any thing further of interest reach me on this subject,
I shall not neglect to communicate it witlhout delay.
I am, sir, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. P. UPSHUR, Esq.,
Secretary of Slate.
3iMr. Everett to Mlr. Cpshur.-[ExTRACT.]
No. 64.] LONDON, November 16, 1843.
SIR: In my despatch No. 62 I acquainted you that I had addressed a;
private letter to Mr. Ashbel Smith, the Texan charge d'affaires, now at
Paris, requesting of him such information as he might be able and willing
to give me as to the measures supposed to be in progress, on the part of
this Government, to promote the abolition of slavery in Texas. I received
a private letter from Mr. Smith, in reply, on the 6th instant. My letter to
Mr. Smith and his answer were written under the impression that overtures
on this subject might possibly have been made directly to the Texan
Government. Such, however, you will have learned by my despatch No.
62, is not the case-Lord Aberdeen having distinctly stated to me that he
had not submitted, and did not intend to submit, any proposition to Texas
on the subject.
Mr. Smith informs mie that he was present at the interview which took
place last June between Lord Aberdeen and several persons, British subjects
and others, a committee of the general ariti-slavery convention, who waited
upon him for the purpose of engaging the co-operation of the British Government
to effect the abolition of slavery in Texas. On this occasion, Lord
Aberdeen assured the committee that Her Majesty's Government would
employ all legitimate means in their power to attain so great and desirable
an object. One of the members of the committee afterwards informed
Mr. Smith, at his lodgings, that, in their interview with Lord- Aberdeen, his
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