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shared with the whole country, yet he should certainly think it right not
to give any just cause of complaint to the Unlited States. As far as Texas
was directly concerned, they had, as he had already informed me, made no
proposition to her whatever. They had connected the subject of the abolition
of slavery in Texas with a recommendation to Mexico to acknowledge
her independence; but, as he told me before, Mexico had given the
suggestion no encouragement, and it rested there,
I ought perhaps to have added, that in his note to Lord Aberdeen, Mr.
Smith spoke of the committee which waited upon him in June, as persons
acting without the authority, sanction, or approbation of the Texan
A. P. UPSHIIR, Esq.,
Secretary of State.
3Mr. Upshur to Mr. Thompson.-[EXTRACT.]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, November 18, 1843.
;n Xt * * * * *
Your attention has already been called to the movements of England in
relation to domestic slavery in Texas, and to the bearing which her proceediugs
may have upon that institution in the United States, and incidentally
upon other leading interests of our country. Information recently
received from General Murphy, charge d'affaires in Texas, has increased
the solicitude of the President upon that point. There is very little doubt
that England is exerting herself to cause Mexico to acknowledge the sovereignty
of Texas, upon terms which will give to Texas a separate Legislature
and a quasi independence. The effect of this will be to abrogate
the present Constitution of Texas, and consequently to abolish domestic
slavery there. It is also to be borne in mind, that if the sovereignty of
Mexico be acknowledged, she will assert the right to dispose of the territory
as she pleases. I have no sufficient reason to suppose that England
desires to acquire it; but the subject, in all its bearings, is of deep interest
to the United States. I ask, therefore, your particular attention to it, and
that you give me prompt information of every movement connected with
it. I also repeat the suggestion, that you communicate as fully and freely
as possible with Mr. Murphy. * ~ * '
AMr. Ushur to JMr. IIMurphy.-[EXTRACTS.]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
Washinzgton, November 21, 1843.
I think it may be assumed that Texas will not, under any possible con,dition
of things, agree to go back under the dominion of Mexico. Even
if Mexico should conquer the soil, she can never conquer the people-at
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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/m1/42/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .