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ANNEXATION OF TEXAS.
The result of our repeated solicitations-brought about by menace
and mnisrepresentation-utterly disregarding the rights of
Mexico, distinctly contemplating the hazard of war-it bears the
most revolting impress of private cupidity. It shocks the common
morals of mankind.
And now for the alleged necessity. What is the impending
evil-to avoid which this notable negotiation has been begun, and
so skilfully carried through.
In the first place, England has in the most express and positive
terms disclaimed any intention whatever to take any step in regard
to acquiring power in Texas that can give us the slightest
ground of uneasiness.
Lord Aberdeen's letter of the 26th Dec. 1843, declares in the
most absolute terms that Great Britain desires no dominant influence
in Texas-that her objects are purely commercial, and
that she has no desire whatever to affect the United States
through Texas. His words are these, they cannot be too often
repeated. They are direct and clear.
" With regard to the latter point, in must be and is well known
both to the United States and to the whole world, that Great
Britain desires, and is constantly exerting herself to procure,
the general abolition of slavery throughout the world. But the
means which she has adopted, and will continue to adopt for this
humane and virtuous purpose, are open and undisguised. She will
do nothing secretly or underhand. She desires that her motives
may be generally understood, and her acts seen by all.
" With regard to Texas, we avow that we wish to see slavery
abolished there, as elsewhere, and we should rejoice if the recognition
of that country by the Mexican Government should be
accompanied by an engagement on the part of Texas to abolish
slavery eventually, and under proper conditionS, throughout the
republic. But although we earnestly desire and feel it to be our
duty to promote such a consummation, we shall not interfere unduly,
or with an improper assumption of authority, with eithr
party, in order to ensure the adoption of such a course. "e
shall counsel, but we shall not seek to compel or unduly control
either party. So far as Great Britain is concerned, provided
other States act with equal forbearance, those governments will
be fully at liberty to make their own unfettered arrangements
with each other, both in regard to the abolition of slavery and to
all other points."
" Great Britain, moreover, does not desire to establish in
Texas, whether partially dependent on Mexico or entirely independent,
(which latter alternative we consider in every respect
preferable) any dominant influence. She only desires to share
her influence equally with all other nations. Her objects are
purely commercial, and she has no thought or intention of seeking
to act, directly or indirectly, in a political sense, on the
United States through Texas."
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Sedgwick, Theodore. Thoughts on the proposed annexation of Texas to the United States, book, January 1, 1844; New-York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2387/m1/53/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .