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THE WAR IN TEXAS.
and New Granada, which by their geographical
positioa, and peculiar advantages in the commercial
sphere, may be considered as the keys of the ('ontinent:
this design is the establishment of SLAVIKRY.
So that, if the Anglo-Americans succeed in their effort
of appropriating Texas to themselves, Mexicans,
Central-Americans, Granadians, tremble for your
destiny! because, on a day least thought of, you will
become the prey of the insatiable Anglo-SaxonAmerican
cupidity; and the soil on which you now
tread, will be sold by lots at each Public Exchange of
the United States, to fill the purses of your Invaders,
and to transfer your plantations and other territorial
possessions to the hands of the trafficking mob, who
look forward to the moment to subjugate you.
The discourse of Mr. Adams reveals important
mysteries-it discovers plans, which he magnanimously
condemns, and publishes that whi h, afar off,
all cannot see. Mr. Adams, an Anglo-American,
well knows the character of his countrymen; and
guiaed by a pure zeal for the cause of humanity, and
-ofjustice, he has not dreaded to draw upon himself
the hatred of his depraved cotemporaries, and at least
to preserve his personal honor, since he cannot that
of his country, before the tribunal of mankind and of
posterity, by affording in this manner to Philanthropists,
to the truly liberal, and to all worthy men, the
satisfaction of seeing him defend, with courage and
energy, the noble cause of the freedom of the human
But above all, the Mexicans ought to know the
high destinies to which Providence calls them in the
New World, by confiding to their care nothing less
than the guardianship of this same Liberty. Whit
imports it, that hireling Editors and Land-jobbers
vociferate ? if the whole world is to be the witness
and judge of the rectitude of this noble cause? What
imports it, that general Santa Anna has had a disastrous
encounter, if his personal fate (however to be
lamented) be not that which led him on to battle ?
ls he the only Mexican who loves his country ? Is
he the sole champion of liberty, whom Mexico can
call forth to drive from the soil of the country the
Banditti who propose to domineer over a part of it,
in order forthwith to contaminate it by introducing
hordes of Negro Slaves ? This warfare.admits of no
-compromise; it must terminate either in the beneficent
triumph of the universal emancipation of the human
race, or else the sacrifice of all liberty throughout
America, by establishing slavery where it has been
abolished, or has not existed, through the instrumentality
of the degenerate portion of the English race,
whicri now inhabit that part of the United States
-extending from the Capital to the boundaries of
We have received accounts of some late
and very interesting proceedings in the British
Parliament, connected with the important
subject before us. These proceedings may
well attract the attention of those concerned
in the splen(lid nefarious project of converting
the Texas countfy into an immense SLAVE
MARKET for the freebooters of America and
Europe. The subject increases in importance,
as the eyes of the world are opening to the
enormity and iniquity of the scheme.
In the House of Commons, June 30th, the
-subject of the "Revolt in Texas" was tihus
introduced and discussed :Mr.
B. Hoy said he was anxious to know from
the noble Lord, the Secretary of Forein Affairs,
whether he had received any communication relative
to the establishment of slavery and the slave trade in
Lord Palmerston observed that the inhabitants of
Texas were in a state of revolt against the Mexican
Government, anid the result of that revolt was not
as yet decided. If the Mexican Government should
succeed, they would, of course, enforce their laws on
the inhabitants; but if the contest shoukl have
another result, and that there should be a separation
of Texas from the Mexican Government, and their
establishment as an independent power ensued, in
such case the laws of Mexico woulld not be applied.
He should, howevert, state, that no communication
could have taken placebetween Texas and the British
Mr. B. Hoy announced his intention of bringing
the subject under the consideration of Parliament.
Dr. Lushington wished to ask his noble friend a
question with reference to Texas. He was desirous
of knowing whether any information had been received
of the importation of slaves from Texas into
the United States. Thouigh he believed there was no
treaty between this country and the United States
which could compel them to put an end to such a
system, yet they were bound not to sanction a continuarice
of such a practice.
Lord Palmerston replied, that no such information
had been received by Government.
The London Patriot, of July 6th, copies the
remarks of John Qtuincy Adams in Congress,
from a New York paper, and makes ample
comments upon the subject in general The
British public ought to be made aware of
what is going on at present in Texas; of the true
cause and the true nature of the contest between
the Mexican authorities and the American slave
Texas has long been the Naboth's vineyard of
brother Jonathan. For twenty years or more, an
anxiety has been manifested to push back the boundary
of the United States territory, of which the
Sabine river is the agreed line, so as to include the
rich alluvial lands of the Delta of the Colorado, at
the head of the Gulf of Mexico.-There are stronger
passions at work, however, than the mere lust of
territory-deeper interests at stake. Texas belongs
to a republic which has abolished slavery; tlie
object of the Americans is to convert it into a
slaveholding state; not only to make it the field of
slave cultivation, and a market for the Maryland
slave trade, but by annexing it to the Federal Union,
to strengthen in Congress the preponderating influence
of the southern slave-holding states.
This atrocious project is the real origin and cause
of the pretended contest for Texian Independencea
war, on,the part of the United States, of unprovoked
aggression for the vilest of all purposes.
In alluding to the remarks of Mr. Adams; as
before mentioned, the same writer says:
They ou~ht to enlist the feelings of every British
philanthropist, every British Christian, In support
of the noble minded men who are standing forward
in the United States, to resist the torrent of national
iniquity. We call upon the country to raise its
voice. Trust not to the smooth words and slow
movements of Lord Palmerston. It will be seen
from our Parliamentary record, that on Thursday
night, the subject of what the papers call the Revolt
in Texas was mooted in the House of Commons.
In answer to the question, whether government had
received any communication relative to tie establshment
of slavery and the slave trade in Texas, Lord
Palhnerston observed, that the inhabitants oft Texas
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Lundy, Benjamin. The war in Texas; a review of facts and circumstances, showing that this contest is a crusade against Mexico, set on foot by slaveholders, land speculators, & c. in order to re-establish, extend, and perpetuate the system of slavery and the slave trade., book, 1837; Philadelphia. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2414/m1/38/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .