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war, in case hostilities should break out, were goodhumouredly
discussed. I fought the battles of my
own land as gallantly as I could, without disparagement
to her assumed opponent, claiming, of course,
ultimate success in the hypothetical struggle. On
the other side, it was admitted that in the outset, superior
discipline, and military resources more ample
and immediate, would give us the advantage, but
that in a year or two, at all events, in three or four,
these advantages would be counterbalanced, and
victory be secured to the Union. Should war take
place, I am firmly of opinion that it will not be of
short duration, for its object, on the part of the
United States, will be to lower the dictatorial tone
too often assumed by Englishmen, to eradicate
British influence from North America, and to raise
domestic manufactures to a pitch that may enable
them to maintain their ground afterwards in defiance
of foreign competition.
The small and politically repudiated section of
American "Abolitionists," operating upon the Antislavery
party in England, are materially facilitating
the views of the war and anti-British class of politicians
in the United States. This section, which has
its head-quarters in the sphere of those commercial
and malnufacturing interests that toil unweariedly to
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/24/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .