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EXCITEMENT IN MEXICO-VIEWS OF ENGLISH STATESMEN.
to be a premeditated and determined encroachment they have commenced that discussion precisely at
upon their territorial sovereignty. 1 shall copy, the same time they saw us engaged in repelling tl/
however, but a small portion of his remarks. Spanish invasion, believijg that our attention would,
"The North Americans commence by introducing for a long time be thereby withdrawn from other
themselves into the territory which they covet on things."*
prietence of commercial negotiatio6s or of the esta- Whether the charges here made were correct, or
blishment of colonies, with or without the assent of not, I leave to the decision of the intelligent reader
the Government to which it belongs. These colo- and impartial historian. Such, however, were the
nies grow, multiply, become the predominant part in impressions that were made upon the minds of well
the population; and as soon as a support is found in informed Mexicans, and such the manner in which
this manner, they begin to set up rights which it is they expressed their sentiments. Some of the
imnpossible to sustain in a serious discussion, and to writers for their public presses were very pointed
bring forward ridiculous pretensions, founded upon and severe. One of them, in speaking of the efforts
historical facts which are admitted by nobody, such of our diplomatic agent, to alienate the territory from
as Lasalle's Voyages, now known to be a falsehood, the Mexican Republic, speaks thus:-' That when
but which serves as a support, at this time, for their he found his offer ohjectionable, he further insulted
claim tb Texas. These extravagant opinions, are the nation by proposing a loan of ten millions, as a
for the first time, presented to the world by unknown pawn-broker would, upon the pawning'of Texas
writers; and the labor which is employed by others until repaid, which insidious proposal was meant to
in offiring proofs and reasonings, is spent by them in fill the country of Texas with A:nglo-Americans and
repetitions and multiplied allegation, for the purpose slaves, and to hold it afterwards in any event: that
of drawing the attention of their fellow citizens, not citizens of the United States encourage the excursions
upon the justice of the proposition, but upon the ad- of the Comanches, and other predato-y tribes, against
vantages and interests to be obtained or subverted by the Mexican frontier settlements, furnishing thenl
their admission. with arms, and buying their stolen mules, and even
" Their machinations in the country they wish to Mexican freemen, such as mulattoes and Indians, to
acquire, are then brought to light by the appearance be held as slaves in Louisiana, and then follow discontents and by the efforts above alluded to, was very eat; and
dissatisfaction calculated to fatigue the patience of upon the strength of these impressions, the general
the legitimate owner, and to diminish the usefulness Congress passed the law of April 6t, 1830, pro
of the administration and of the exercise of authoritv. Congress passed the law of April 6tl, 1830, proWhen.
things have coe t hibiting the further migration of Anglo-Americans
When thigs hve come to this pass, wieh is pre- into Texas. The jealousy of the British government
cisely the present state of things i Texas, the was also aroused, and the subject was noticed in the
diplomatic management commences. The inquiettude lower House of Parliament. A debate occurred, in
they have excited in the territory in dispute, the which the celebrated Mr. HrSKISSON took a leading
interests of the colonists therein established, the part, that manifested the liveliest interest in the ininsurrection
of adventurers and savages instigated bv dependence of the Mexican Republic, and the
them, and the pertinacity with which the opinion is integrity of its territory. It would require too much
set up as to their right of possession, become the
set up as to theirriht of possession, become the sace at present to insert the speeches, made during
subjects of notes full of expressions of justice and ts discussion; but a brief synopsis, or hasty review
moderation, until, with thle aid of other incidents of , is here given from the London Times"
which are never wanting in the course of diplomatic
relations, the desired end is attained of concluding an " Mr. Huskisson, in presenting the Liverpool
arrangement onerous for one party as it is advauta- petition on the subject of ther relaions wth Spain
geous to the other. and Mexico, in the course of last night, urged with
"It has been said further, that when the United great force the propriety of preventing Spain from
States of the Noirth have succeeded in giving the making further attacks from the side of Cuba, on the
predominance to the colonists introduced into the now libeiated Republic of Mexico.
countries thev had in view, they set up rights, and " There was a further subject, and one of extreme
bring forward pretensions founded upon disputed importance, discussed by Mr. luskisson, in die
historical facts, availing themselves generally, for course of his speech-we t ean tle geneSal pCevaleiice
the purpose of some critical conjuncture to which of an opinion that tle United States covet a fine
they suppose that the attention of Government province of Mexico called Texas, and are disposed
must be directed. This policy, which has produced to have recourse to violence, if necessary, for the
good results to them, they have commenced carrying purpose of getting it into their hands. The province
into effect with Texas. The public prints in those of Texas extends southwards from the United States
states, includinig those which are more immediately along the coast of Mexico, and as such, the seizure
tnder the influence of their Fovernment, are engaged of it by the former power could not be a matter of
in discussing the right they imagine they have to the perfect indifference to Great Britain. The possescountry
as tar as the Rio Bravo. Hand-bills are sion of the Floridas by the United itates has long
printed on the same subjeet, and thrown into since gven ratonal cause of uneasiness to England,
general circulation, whose object is to persuade and from grd to tle safety of our West India Islands;
convince the people of the utility and expediency of and we agree with Mr. Huskisson, that whein the
the meditated project. Some of them have said government of Washington intimated its repugnance
that Providence had marked out tlhe Rio Bravo as to seeing Cuba transferred from the feeble Feirdinand
the natural boundary of those states, which has in- duiced
an English writer to reproach them with an See the extract from the * "Nashville Banner," in a
temt to lnake Providence the author of their preceding column. I believe that the artiele was written
attempt to make Providence the author of their precisely at this juncture-and the writer concludes by
usurmpations: but what is most remarkable, is, that saying, ; thinre is not one momenut to be lost."
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